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“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and answers with insight into how our government works, how to understand ongoing events, and the implications when branches of government collide.

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    • 4.0, 3.4K Ratings

“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and answers with insight into how our government works, how to understand ongoing events, and the implications when branches of government collide.

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4.0 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

gabfanatico ,

Informative

Good & informative content. The only problem is Allison’s baby voice which is really annoying.

Kwehrheim ,

Great podcast worth listening to

Ignore all the crybaby right wingers who whine about bias. Heaven forbid anyone question their racist messiah. This podcast is a great exploration of historical precedent for things Trump is doing and possible ramifications. The answer to “can he do that” is nearly always yes, so if you see crying about bias or liberals, you know it’s coming from a person who hasn’t listened to a single episode.

Every single episode isn’t a winner, that much is true. Sometimes they stretch the premise and address more philosophical questions like whether trump can get re-elected, if he can unify his party, etc. and those episodes are not great. The whole premise, as stated in the intro, is to explore the powers and limitations of the American presidency. So “can he be successful in this goal” really doesn’t fit the bill, even if the question is in the right format. Those episodes are more political commentary and speculation, and they just aren’t as entertaining. Episodes that actually explore legal and historical precedent are very informative and fun to listen to.

Be warned, if you’re hoping for a podcast that will give you hope for trump to be removed from office, look elsewhere. It turns out that almost everything the left cries about trump doing are things that haven’t been done before, maybe SHOULDN’T be done, possibly in the future can’t be done again, but are fully legally permissible and don’t even approach impeachable. This podcast killed any optimism I had for trump’s removal. Collusion? Not a real thing. Whistleblower protections? Non-existent in any real sense. Open and blatant hate speech? *shrug*

So this is a great podcast for information, but don’t expect a lot of hope.

NatasyaF ,

This should be 5 stars

I really like this podcast though I’ve never been moved to review before. Classic case, I guess, of only giving feedback when something is bothersome.

I just listened to a very interesting and knowledgeable discussion of the whole #sharpiegate incident. I loved it—but cringed the whole time. Can we PLEASE get rid of this vocal fry manner of speaking!?! It is SO annoying and distracting!

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