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Reagan Cabinet #508320

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1980
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(Studio) Ronald Reagan reported choosing Alexander Haig as Secretary of State and Raymond Donovan as Labor Secretary; Haig's background with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger as well as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Absence of Reagan and appointees from announcement noted; details given. [HAIG - comments.] Democrat concern over Haig's role as Nixon's chief of staff noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd (WTIC-TV news tape)

(DC) Haig's relationship with Nixon White House examined; films, photos shown. William Ruckelshaus, Archibald Cox, Elliot Richardson, Leon Jaworski incld. in report June 4, 1973, Watergate tape featuring Nixon and Haig discussing II. R. Haldeman quoted on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(DC) Haig's confirmation hearings discussed. [Senators Alan CRANSTON, Howard BAKER - note focus of confirmation hearings.] Anticipated complications in the Haig nomination said creating Watergate-revisited atmosphere.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(DC) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Donovan's political and business background examined; films shown. [DONOVAN - comments.] Econ. goals Donovan foresees Labor Secretary playing in next 4 years outlined on screen, discussed; AFL-CIO's reaction to Donovan's selection noted.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Studio) Possible controversy over Reagan's selection of Don. Regan for cabinet post noted coming with "Washington Post's" report of IRS (Internal Revenue Service) conflict with Regan's business, Merrill Lynch, over "commodities tax straddle"; details given. Remaining cabinet posts mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) [REAGAN - comments on Haig and Donovan nominations.] President-elect's activities today mentioned; his response to issue of women and blacks on cabinet quoted. Yesterday's appointed of Jackie Presser to transition team said designed to soften Teamster opposition to Donovan nomination.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Haig noted only Reagan cabinet member with foreign affairs experience; details given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Levine, Irving R.;
Mudd, Roger;
Palmer, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Stern, Carl

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