Nation: Up at Harry's Place

"I don't drink or smoke, and I only chase one woman," says Harry Shuler Dent, and no one disputes the point. A South Carolina lawyer with brown-green eyes and an aw-shucks manner, Dent, 39, is a devout Baptist, a Sunday-school teacher, a lay preacher and the founder of the Senate staff prayer-breakfast group.

Despite these pieties, Dent is regarded by many liberals as a Southern-fried Rasputin in the Nixon Administration. Whenever the White House seems to drift to the right or placate Southern interests, Presidential Aide Dent is thought to be deeply involved. He was, after all, a close associate of South...

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