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For years, North Dakota's clangorous Republican Senator "Wild Bill" Langer has thumped loud & long as a one-man lobby against new federal appointments. His complaint: North Dakotans are the finest people in the U.S., yet not since statehood (1889) has any native Dakotan been appointed to an uppercrust federal job. Last week Bill Langer was happy. The President nominated, and the Senate quickly confirmed, a wealthy North Dakota grain buyer and farmer as ambassador to Nicaragua.

Tom Whelan, the new ambassador, is a staunch Republican, and onetime Republican state committeeman, in a state where Democrats are as rare as Republicans in Alabama....

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