The Nation: PICKING THE TEAM WITH HAM & FRITZ

As Jimmy Carter labored over his Cabinet choices, TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian followed the selection process by watching Carter's two top transition aides, Vice President-elect Walter Mondale and Hamilton Jordan, at work. Ajemian's report:

Jimmy Carter was in a talking mood. Sitting in the wood-paneled den of his house in Plains, wearing a long, yellow, velour sweater and white sneakers, Carter had his feet crossed on top of his desk. Beside him, balancing thick black notebooks full of Cabinet profiles on his lap, was his young aide, Hamilton Jordan, in a sports...

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