Picking and Choosing

Reagan nearly completes his Cabinet and selects Allen for NSC

All along, the President-elect had made plain that he wanted to fill his Government with individuals whose portfolios were already stamped with success. Amateurs and the unproven ambitious need not apply, though the proof of prior competence need not be in Government service. That meant, as Reagan knew, a step down for some—and too big a step for a few he wanted. But with the naming of five more Cabinet officers and two principal White House aides last week, Reagan's top offices were filled...

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