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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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September 20th marks the beginning of a pivotal push for the future of our planet. The Global Climate Strike will set the stage for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, where more than 60 nations are expected to build upon their commitment to 2015's Paris Agreement for combating climate change.

Millions of people are expected to take part in an estimated 4,000 events across 130 countries.

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Over on the /AskReddit forum, one frustrated citizen got down to brass tacks. In today's world, it's easy to feel hopeless when it comes to the herculean challenges posed by climate change. There's so much to do and it feels like we're constantly barraged with negative warnings that even our most valiant efforts might be in vain.

So, virtually throwing their arms up in air, Reddit user "ExoticFailure" simply begged for an answer: "How do we save this fucking planet?"

In less than five hours, more than 20,000 people liked the question with hundreds more adding in their own comments, questions, and venting their frustrations. But one incredibly thoughtful and detailed response has quickly elevated itself above the chatter. An anonymous user writing under the handle "m4ybe" offered up a detailed, seven-point response that instantly caught fire. While it's unclear if these solutions are backed by science or possible, they sound like a step in the right direction.

Here is their response in its entirety:

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Few things seem to get under Donald Trump's skin more than Barack Obama's legacy. In some ways, Trump's entire presidency is a reaction to Obama's, with Trump systematically working to unwind each of Obama's legislative and symbolic achievements.

So it's reasonable to assume that nothing would enrage Trump more than pulling up to his eponymous piece of real estate and seeing the street out front named after his biggest political nemesis.

That's exactly what Elizabeth Rowin had in mind when she launched a new online petition to rename the street in front of Trump Tower "President Barack H. Obama Avenue."

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After back-to-back mass shootings this weekend, it has become nearly impossible to deny that our nation's current political climate is playing a role in catastrophic gun violence. While we can't create a direct line between President Trump and mass shootings, the anti-immigrant rhetoric he has co-opted from the political fringes has become integrated into our national dialogue and filtered down into the language used by those perpetrating gun violence on innocent victims.

For those who still don't see a direct correlation, this Twitter thread is impossible to ignore.

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Attorney General William Barr is bringing back the federal death penalty after nearly 20 years

There is nothing less ‘conservative’ than a government executing its own citizens.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government is reviving the death penalty. Attorney General Bob Barr has asked the government to bring back the policy and directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule executions for five inmates currently on death row.

The change is another stark contrast in American policy that runs counter to virtually the rest of the entire world. For some perspective, America’s zeal for capital punishment puts us in competition with Saudi Arabia and North Korea, two of the least democratic nations on the planet.

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