Fall Election 2016

Stop blaming the polls

By Mariah Quintanilla

Stop blaming the pre-election polls. They told you all they could about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The pre-election polls based on national surveys accurately predicted what they were designed to predict: Clinton’s popular election win. So why did so few consider the fact that the electoral college had a real chance of turning the numbers upside down? And why did major news media promote blind trust in the polls, making many people believe a Clinton win was in the bag?
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Planned Parenthood braces for a fight for the future of women’s choice

By Anna Foley

After the Nov. 8 election, Lauren Zeitz was among the thousands of people who decided to donate to Planned Parenthood to send a message: She’s not going to stop fighting for reproductive health care.

“My mom and I decided to make this donatation together because we agree that an attack on Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health,” said Zeist, a Northern Illinois University student and Rockford native.

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Cold turkey is bad enough. This year Thanksgiving presents the real scare of political cold war

By June Leffler

Bringing up the election is ground zero for a cold war during Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone has a strong, contentious opinion, but it’s better to lay low to avoid total annihilation.

Who hasn’t weighed in on how to deal with potential political discussions this Thanksgiving? Therapists, advice columnists, talk show hosts and their callers, anyone who tweats.

Some groups advocate for #BridgingOurDivides during dinner. That seems too optimistic when most folks want to avoid the discussion entirely. Still, is it even possible to avoid talking about what many have obsessed over since election day?
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Parasites, pathogens and politics

By Mariah Quintanilla

Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States, and a popular question these past two weeks has been, “How did we get here?” While the media have done some collective soul-searching in an attempt to answer this question, one possibility that we’ve all failed to recognize is biology.

Psychologists and biologists have discovered that conservative or liberal ideologies can be more or less predicted in people by their responses to—wait for it—infectious disease and parasites.
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IUDs poised for quick, strong renaissance before Trump takes office

By Anna Foley

Nina Berman is a longtime fan of IUDs, otherwise known as intrauterine birth control devices (the T-shaped ones). But after the election of Donald Trump last week, Berman noticed she wasn’t the only one. She saw more and more of her friends announcing on social media plans to get the long-term use IUDs.

As women re-evaluate birth control options in the face of a new White House administration hostile to the notion of women’s agency and choice, Berman wanted to join the conversation. So she created a sew-on patch out of coarse, brown fabric depicting a cartoon outline of an IUD, announcing, “Ask me about my IUD.”

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Hmong Community Struggles to Face Future Without Losing Sight of Past

By Duke Omara

WASAU, Wis. – Fifteen-year old Dylan Yang had stabbed and killed 13-year-old Isaiah Powell after the two became involved in a Facebook feud.

But what seemed like a teenage gang killing last February struck some as being symbolic of something much more malignant.

Dylan belongs to the Hmong, a community of war refugees and their descendants who relocated to the United States from Laos at the end of the Vietnam War. Isaiah was Hispanic.

And as the murder trial evolved, it exposed a community with many concerns, among them rampant illegal drug use, a festering mental health problem, and a sense of isolation that is fed by a deep reluctance to air community and private woes. Continue reading

Medill Electioncast: Celebrations and concessions

The Medill Reports team covers election night in Chicago. We have reports from campaign parties, analysis of Illinois races and reaction from voters across the political spectrum.

A core of Chinese Americans mobilizes for Trump, wins the day and looks to the future

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Asian Americans were not among Donald Trump’s majority in Tuesday’s election. About three quarters of Asian American voters backed Hillary Clinton, according to the National Asian American Election Eve Poll released by America’s Voice the day after the election. Trump got only 19 percent of the Asian votes.

Still, the Chinese American community had its vocal supporters who, along with more than 59 million fellow Americans, voted for Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

A leader for the Chinese Americans for Trump movement estimates that they called on 8,000 volunteers to get the job done this election.

Listen to the story behind that story.

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Explainer: How Hillary won the popular vote but lost the election

By Duke Omara

In almost any other democracy, Hillary Clinton would be president today. She won the popular vote but still lost the election. So what happened?

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“Not my President,” protesters chant at Trump Tower

By Siyan (Jen) Huang

[See related story of the night’s protest]

Around 10,000 people gathered in front of the Trump Tower in Chicago to march down the Magnificent Mile and other downtown areas in protest of Donald Trump’s election as president. “Not my president” became the refrain of many protesters.

Photo at top: Protesters at the rally and march. (Siyan (Jen) Huang/MEDILL)