"Every new President seems to dip into his own special talent pool to fill key posts. John Kennedy plucked many of his New Frontiersmen from the Harvard faculty. Richard Nixon staffed his Government with many graduates of U.C.L.A. President-elect Jimmy Carter is expected to draw heavily on two talent repositories—the Trilateral Commission in New York City and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C

Just two weeks ago. Carter selected Cyrus Vance, a member of the Trilateral Commission, to be Secretary of State. No fewer than 16 other Trilateralites—about a quarter of the commission's U.S. members—are advising Carter during the transition. They include...

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