The narrowness of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss to Donald Trump -- especially given the fact that she actually won the popular vote by 2.5 million and rising -- has led many liberals to conclude that the Democratic Party only needs a slight adjustment to win future presidential elections. A better candidate, a more competent campaign, or a more credible message on economic issues -- any one of them might have kept the presidency in Democratic hands. read more
Angela Merkel has for the first time endorsed her party's call for a partial ban on burqa and niqab in Germany, telling delegates at the Christian Democratic Union's conference in Essen "the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible." The German chancellor's CDU party is expected this week to pass a motion proposing a ban on the full face veil in some areas of public life such as courts, schools and universities, as well as in road traffic and during police checks. A full ban on the facial veil, as introduced in France in 2011, is seen as incompatible with Germany's basic laws.
Al Gore thought he would be bending the ear of the adviser Mr. Trump trusts most, his daughter Ivanka. Instead, the man bearing "The Inconvenient Truth" went straight to the source: the president-elect himself. read more
Last week, the Post published a story based in part on PropOrNot's research. Headlined "Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread Fake News' During Election, Experts Say," the report claimed that a number of researchers had uncovered a "sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign" that spread fake-news articles across the Internet with the aim of hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. It prominently cited the PropOrNot research. The story topped the Post's most-read list, and was shared widely by prominent journalists and politicians on Twitter. The former White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted, "Why isn't this the biggest story in the world right now?" read more
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis to be secretary of defense, selecting a former senior military officer who has said that responding to "political Islam" is the major security issue facing the United States. Mattis, who retired as chief of U.S. Central Command in 2013, has often said that Washington lacks an overall strategy in the Middle East, opting to instead handle issues in an ineffective one-by-one manner. To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law stating that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Congress has granted a similar exception just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the job in 1950.