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Byron L. Dorgan is a former United States Senator from North Dakota. Dorgan served 30 years in the U.S. Congress, spending the last 18 years in the U.S. Senate where he served as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Energy and Commerce Committees and Chairman of key subcommittees on Aviation, Energy and Water, and Indian issues.
Dorgan is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Committee and co-chair of their Energy Project, a visiting adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and serves on several boards. He is the founder and chairman of the Center for Native American Youth. Dorgan is a New York Times bestselling author of four books: Take This Job and Ship It, Reckless!, Blowout and his newest novel Gridlock.

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At Last! A Smart Cuban Policy

(15) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 8:44 AM

The action last month by President Obama to begin normalizing relations with Cuba was welcome news and decades overdue.

By nearly every measure, our Cuba policy for the past 50-years has been a thoughtless failure.

The U.S. policy with other communist countries during that period has been called "constructive engagement"....

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Cyber Terror Is the New Language of War

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Last year, cyber terrorists used a deadly virus to attack the information network of Aramco, the Saudi oil company, and annihilated all of the data on 35,000 desktop computers. The screens of the infected computers were left with the vision of a burning American flag. A group called the Cutting...

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Unleashing the Powers of the Wind and The Great Sioux Nation

(97) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Coauthored by: Bryan Brewer, President, Oglala Sioux Tribe
Thurman Cournoyer, Chairman, Yankton Sioux Tribe
Kevin Keckler, Chairman, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Brandon Sazue, Chairman, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Cyril Scott, President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Robert Shepherd, Chairman, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

For the past two years,...

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Army Decision to Deny KBR Millions in Bonuses Is Right Call, But Only a First Step

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 3:57 PM

At long last, the Army has taken a first step in holding contractor KBR accountable for its shoddy electrical work at U.S. military bases in Iraq. It has denied millions of dollars in bonuses to the firm for its 2008 work in Iraq.

That is the right call. But it...

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Republicans Ignore Facts and Their Own Record as Democrats Strengthen Economy, Work to Create More Jobs

(104) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 1:46 PM

When Republicans in Washington, D.C. launch their non-stop "anti-Obama" rhetoric, they do so from an "evidence-free" zone, where everything is President Obama's fault and their own record doesn't matter. That's a place far, far from reality.

Their criticism of President Obama's just released budget doesn't just overlook a number of...

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How Democrats Pulled the U.S. Economy Back from the Brink

(66) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 1:28 PM

When President Barack Obama took the oath of office about a year ago, he inherited the biggest economic mess since the 1930's: millions of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure and their jobs to a steadily deteriorating economy, huge budget deficits fueled by tax cuts for the wealthy and two...

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History Reveals a Pattern as DPC Hearings Look For Best Job Creation Ideas

(57) Comments | Posted December 19, 2009 | 9:24 AM

The Obama Administration inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. That crisis has been described as the "Great Recession."

Over the past year, we've made some good progress in digging out from under that mess. We prevented complete economic collapse, and indicators suggest that the economy...

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Time to Lower Drug Prices

(47) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 9:51 AM

After a long summer of committee debates and discussions with constituents, health care reform is finally out in the open on the Senate floor -- but it doesn't include much of anything to lower drug prices. And the big drug companies are pulling out all the stops to keep it...

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Small Business Credit Crunch Hampering Job Creation

(23) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 5:28 PM

On Wednesday, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, which I chair, held the first in a series of hearings that will explore how to accelerate the creation of new jobs in America.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has asked Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and I to lead...

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My Financial Plan

(24) Comments | Posted November 13, 2009 | 11:58 AM

Ten years ago yesterday, our country made a fateful decision — to repeal the New Deal-era regulations that protected our banking system from excessive risk.

As Dan Froomkin wrote on Huffington Post yesterday, I predicted at the time that letting traditional banks merge with investment banks could lead to...

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Four Ways We Need Obama's Help

(19) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 7:13 AM

There's an old country saying that the water won't clear up until you get the hogs out of the creek.

Like a dirty creek, this financial crisis might seem like a force of nature, but it's a man-made problem. The trouble we're in now is the result of years of...

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Against Fraud in Iraq

(25) Comments | Posted September 19, 2008 | 6:32 PM

As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), I've chaired 17 hearings on waste, fraud and corruption in Iraq. On Monday, September 22, I'll chair the 18th hearing on that subject. I think it could be the most important hearing we've held so far.

We will hear direct...

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Your Tax Dollars May Be In The Hands Of Iraqi Militias

(10) Comments | Posted May 23, 2008 | 4:19 PM

On May 12, the Senate's Democratic Policy Committee heard disturbing testimony from former State Department officials in Iraq, who testified that the State Department turns a blind eye to corruption in the Iraq government, even when that corruption involves American tax dollars and even when there is reason to...

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Shocking Corruption Is Given A Blind Eye by Our Government

(79) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 9:04 PM

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee, which I chair, heard new and disturbing testimony on Monday about corruption in Iraq and its consequences for U.S. troops, taxpayers and the U.S. mission in Iraq. Two former high-level Bush administration officials who served in Iraq told our committee that the State Department...

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