Altar Boy at the Power Center Self-effacing GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS is one of the savviest communicators in the business

AS HE WALKS IN A SOFT DRIZZLE TO his car next to the campaign headquarters in Little Rock, George Stephanopoulos hardly seems like a major player in any drama -- much less a presidential succession. Described by his colleague and close friend Paul Begala as a guy "well over four feet tall slumming in a jeans jacket with an MTV haircut," he has, at 31, leaped ahead of his elders to be at the red-hot center of the Clinton universe. While everyone knows who he is -- his face is now beamed round the world as transition communications director -- it...

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