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The GOOD Guide to Donald Trump

Stopping Climate Change, With Or Without Trump

Trump’s recent delay on Paris climate accord is a loser mentality

Trump recently delayed his decision on joining the Paris climate accord. Here’s a look at why that may not matter from our 2017 Trump guide.

Hot and cold—that’s how best to describe the President-elect’s stance on climate change, which he once described as a “hoax created by the Chinese,” then later admitted there is “some connectivity” between human behavior and shifting temperatures. He’s bringing a denier to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency transition team, yet backing away from his previous notion to “cancel” the Paris Agreement, the world’s landmark climate treaty.

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Three Takes On ‘America First’

Policy wonks from across the political spectrum openly assess Trump’s isolationist rhetoric

Michael O’Hanlon

Senior Fellow Specializing in Defense and Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

“His Russia policy is where I’m a little nervous. Obama’s approach to Putin has been smart. The next president has got to think hard: Do you let the bully have his room to play? It’s possible a President Trump would embark on a big military-building effort in the Western Pacific, generally throwing a few elbows, but I think he’ll take the quiet but firm approach; if he gets aggressive, it’s going to be on the economy and cyber-security.”

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No Matter What Trump Tweets, There’s No Turning Back

“The trans community is here; we have always been here. Contemporary culture can’t unsee us.”

THE DAY AFTER the election, I watched my brothers and sisters encour­aging each other to get their passports and identification papers in order. They shared essential information and resources to prepare for the future, offering support, money, legal advice, an escort—anything to keep each other safe.

The trans community is here; we have always been here. Contemporary culture can’t unsee us. This genie isn’t going back into the bottle. We’re not alone in feeling targeted, and are, in fact, joined by many others. It’s now even more critical to build alliances with communities of color, immigrants, women, Jews—anyone who has been targeted by this new administration. We are in this together, protesting and fighting a shared oppression. This struggle is universal.

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How To Turn Your 2016 Fury Into Fuel For 2017

Let’s be unreasonable—our future depends on it

OUR CULTURE TELLS US that anger is a problem to be managed. It’s healthier to find closure, be reasonable, mend fences, “process” our pain and move on. But I’m not ready yet. This was no ordinary election—it was a paradigm shift into a new reality. The only way to get ourselves out of this desperate mess is to stay emotional and reject the idea of closure entirely. We must nurture our anger.

The far right knows how to do this well. They do not rationalize their way out of fear—they stoke it. They neither forgive nor forget their opponents’ scandals, even when proven baseless. After the supposedly most liberal president in American history took office in 2008, the voters who felt left behind didn’t encourage their leaders to reach across the aisle to further progress. They revolted and formed the Tea Party, which used government gridlock as a weapon. Last year, I attended a Trump rally to see what the other side was like, and though his supporters were more polite than I expected, the mere mention of Hillary’s name inspired fury and revulsion. Sound familiar?

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How About Some Civil Discourse?

Avoid conversational landmines while staying strong in your beliefs

GROWING UP IN CALIFORNIA, I felt an immense pride in my parents’ immigration story. My family left India because of caste discrimination, an archaic system of societal division where your last name determines the height of your particular glass ceiling. They resettled in the United States, where my father started a successful business. I myself was encouraged by my parents and teachers to dream big, and make my own goals and markers of success. My background—being a brown, female, religious minority—never seemed to hold me back, even in the super-white, Republican stronghold of Orange County. All that mattered was my hard work and character.

Decades later, I watched in horror as Donald Trump spewed his xenophobic rhetoric on the national stage, betraying the very American ideals that enabled my life and achievements in this country. I told my manager at the tech company where I work that if Trump became the Republican nominee, I would take three months off to volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, spending a stint in North Carolina—a crucial swing state, and the first place I’d called home in America. I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t try to stop the ascendance of a demagogue.

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Trigger Warnings: Know These Important Gun Laws By Heart

No matter how you feel about firearms, you need to be informed.

AFTER YEARS of mass shootings failed to produce meaningful federal gun control legislation under President Obama, we now have a president whose electoral victory was hailed by the National Rifle Association as an “extraordinary, historic, even heroic accomplishment.” Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed “big Second Amendment person” who opposes limits on gun sales and believes gun ownership makes the world a safer place. Whether you’re vehemently against guns or cautiously considering buying one, it’s worth learning a few basic firearm facts.

Know These 4 Important Laws

Concealed Carry

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