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Who Will Be TIME’s Person of the Year?

The world waits in breathless anticipation as TIME announced the shortlist for 2013’s “Person of the Year.” As always, readers cast a vote on which person gets named, but the editorial board over there calls the final shots—so you should be only marginally concerned that Miley Cyrus will take the top honor—and, it should be noted, the “Person of the Year” award is not necessarily given to the year’s best person, but to the year’s most influential, for good or bad. The top ten finalists are: Syrian President Bashar Assad, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Miley, Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor. The “winner” will be announced on Wednesday …

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