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Paul Wellstone: Tenth Anniversary of His Assassination

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  • nay for the partial/birth abortion ban;

  • yea for the Chemical Weapons Convention; it prohibits development, production, stockpiling, and use of these weapons; it also mandates their destruction; 

  • yea for family tax relief;

  • yea for aiding higher education programs;

  • nay for banning Cuban travel;

  • nay for confirming John Ashcroft;

  • yea for a patients' bill of rights; and

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His book titled "The Conscience of a Liberal : Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda" explained his passion for economic and social justice.

In 2002, he ran for a third term. Doing so reneged on a pledge to serve two and leave. He had unfinished business on his mind. He also faced long knives wanting him gone.

Big money was marshaled against him. An aide to his Republican opponent, Norm Coleman, said, "There are people in the (George W. Bush) White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone. This one is political and personal for them."

Polls showed him ahead. Reelection looked likely. Potentially controlling the Senate was at stake. Eleven days before November 5, he tragically died on route to a funeral and campaign event in rural Minnesota.

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Fetzer and Jacobs say Wellstone's death was no accident. It wasn't weather, plane trouble, or pilot error connected. Evidence they uncovered explains otherwise.

Confirmation of the tragedy didn't come from Wellstone's office, state police, or Minnesota's governor. It first came from GW Bush's ranch. Why was it known there before anywhere else?

FBI agents arrived with suspicious speed. Perhaps they knew in advance and positioned themselves nearby. They prevented fire teams, journalists, and others at the crash site from taking photos.

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From the first report I never felt this to be an "... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 7:22:41 AM
Agreed; those three deaths were very suspicious; a... by Alex Howard on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:33:20 PM
We have a government with a record of lies, cover-... by goedel on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:20:05 AM
with great interest. I believe it was intentional,... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 1:50:15 PM
WHERE DID THE TOWERS GO? suggests that the destruc... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 3:58:01 PM
And i think it could be said that Wellstone would ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:05:11 AM