BuzzFeed senior political writer McKay Coppins explains how the G.O.P. is attempting to unite fractious ideals to get inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Writer, director, and producer Charles Poekel discusses his new film about a down on his luck Christmas tree vendor, alongside the featured star, Kentucker Audley. Russian scholar Eugene Vodolazkin discusses the intersection of Russian spirituality, faith, love, and religion. And Smitten Kitchen blogger, cook, and author Deb Perelman shares Hanukkah menu planning tips and recipes.