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About Can He Do That?

“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. 

Norms of the presidency have eroded, institutions have been weakened, the country is more divided than ever, the ways we measure and understand political sentiment are flawed, and misinformation has become a powerful piece of the national discourse.

President Biden campaigned on a promise to fix what’s broken, to repair divisions, and to restore some of the norms and institutions that were pillars of the Washington in which he built his career. But can he do that? Does he have the power, ability or even the will to set the country on the path he envisions? Biden said the 2020 election was a battle for the soul of the nation — so who’s really winning?

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