Legal challenges to the election recounts and what comes next

Wisconsin’s pres­i­den­tial recount is almost done, but legal chal­lenges have halted the pro­ceed­ings in Michigan and Penn­syl­vania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on Amer­ican elec­tions, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump sup­porters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influ­ence future voting policies.

3Qs: The ripple effect of the Trump-​​Taiwan call

Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-​​wen last week, upending decades of diplo­matic prac­tice. “It can be said with near cer­ti­tude that when Trump accepted that phone call, he had no idea what the con­se­quences might be for U.S.-China rela­tions,” says China expert Suzanne Ogden.

3Qs: What’s next for ‘Obamacare’ under President Trump?

Donald Trump cam­paigned on a promise to repeal and replace Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law. But it’s unclear what his plan would entail. We asked Wendy Parmet, a leading expert in public health law, to weigh in on what health­care might look like under Pres­i­dent Trump, who on Monday appointed an out­spoken ‘Oba­macare’ critic to be his sec­re­tary of health and human services.

3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

Healthcare nonprofit works to ‘seed’ next generation of doctors, nurses

Vanessa Kerry, a global health­care rev­o­lu­tionary, dis­cussed the ins and outs of her inno­v­a­tive non­profit Seed Global Health at the latest install­ment of the Women Who Empower Speaker Series on Tuesday evening. “We think this is the new face of diplo­macy,” Kerry said. “We are com­mitted to raising the next gen­er­a­tion of well-​​trained doc­tors and nurses who can be agents of change for their countries.”

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”

Post-​​election forum examines media’s campaign coverage

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff con­vened on Wednesday after­noon to dis­cuss the results of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Dis­cus­sion topics ranged from the cred­i­bility of the nation’s leading poll­sters to the freedom of the press under a Trump admin­is­tra­tion, but talk fre­quently returned to the media’s cov­erage of one of the dirt­iest polit­ical cam­paigns in the nation’s history.