3Qs: Will universal basic income ever become an American reality?

Cities as far-​​flung as Oak­land, Cal­i­fornia, and Oulu, Fin­land, will soon be part of sep­a­rate basic income exper­i­ments. But a uni­versal basic income pro­gram is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied micro­eco­nomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an ini­tia­tive would be too costly and poten­tially sub­ject to abuse.

Will Electoral College add more drama to historic election?

All 538 mem­bers of the Elec­toral Col­lege will gather in their respec­tive state capi­tols on Monday to for­mally cast their votes in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. But there’s little reason to believe that anyone other than Donald Trump will be voted in as the country’s next commander-​​in-​​chief, say elec­tions expert William Crotty and law and public policy spe­cialist Dan Urman.

For Hutchinson family, Northeastern is home

Emily Hutchinson’s first day of classes as a stu­dent at North­eastern coin­cided with her father’s first day of work as asso­ciate director of cor­po­rate part­ner­ships for the university’s ath­letics depart­ment. “It’s so funny how it all worked out,” Emily says. “I def­i­nitely could not have pre­dicted this.”

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.