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“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring presidential power in the face of weakened institutions, a divided electorate and changing political norms. 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 so much about the current state of American life and the country’s politics is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring presidential power in the face of weakened institutions, a divided electorate and changing political norms. 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 so much about the current state of American life and the country’s politics is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    So… can he do that?

    So… can he do that?

    More than five years later, what’s the answer to: “Can he do that?” What major lessons have we learned about the stability of our democracy and the limitations on presidential power? How have our systems been tested and how have they endured those tests?

    • 38 min
    A message from Allison

    A message from Allison

    Allison shares some news about the future of the show. Plus, a request to hear from listeners.

    • 2 min
    “Broken Doors,” Episode 1

    “Broken Doors,” Episode 1

    An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast series from The Washington Post. Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca.

    • 42 min
    Is ‘defund the police’ dead for Democrats?

    Is ‘defund the police’ dead for Democrats?

    Can Democrats clarify messaging on police reform? With states and cities taking police reform matters into their own hands, does the president run the risk of losing the support of the communities that played a huge part in getting him elected?

    • 33 min
    Inside Biden’s Ukraine strategy

    Inside Biden’s Ukraine strategy

    How has President Biden's experience with Afghanistan informed his choices in Ukraine? We’ve explored Biden’s history with global leadership, war and American intervention. What can his foreign policy history tell us about Biden’s response in Europe now?

    • 21 min
    Introducing “Broken Doors”

    Introducing “Broken Doors”

    An unusual warrant. A pattern of questionable no-knock raids. A reporting thread that just kept going. “Broken Doors” is a new investigative podcast series from the Washington Post. Hosted by Jenn Abelson and Nicole Dungca.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

Chris Smith ,

Terrible Audio Editing

I’ve listened to this podcast from the initial launch, and while a little dull, I’ve enjoyed the informative and relevant content. That said, the audio editing (especially this past year) has been okay at best, and horrible at times. I’m talking wild fluctuations in audio, overlapping tracks, strange cuts, etc…

I get it, these pods are made fast and mistakes happen. But like I said, I’ve been listening from the beginning and this is a consistent annoyance. To the point where I’m no longer interested in the content.

Ginagina Smith ,

Best wishes!

You will be missed!

midwestBlue ,

12.21 pod

the hypocrisy. i remember in his speech after the horrible evacuation of afghanistan this year where biden said we/US aren’t nation builders. we had a mission to get bin laden and we did and now were done. where in the clips of him in your podcast from the past say the opposite. biden is the best the dems can do? trump is the best the gop can do? this country is in bad shape. grrrr blahhh

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