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Among the nominees for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year....Kathleen Sebelius

12/10/2013 4:00 AM

12/09/2013 3:44 PM

If you have a hot temper, brace yourself.

Because here comes some news that just might pop your cork.

Time Magazine has named Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor, as one of its 10 finalists for 2013 Person of the Year.

You’re incredulous, right?

It makes more sense when you consider exactly who Time considers for its annual honor. The award, first presented in 1927, goes to the person who TIME’s editors think most influenced the news this year, for good or bad.

That’s the key phrase — “for good or bad.” Got it?

The other nominees:

• Bashar Assad, President of Syria

• Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

• Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

• Miley Cyrus, Singer

• Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church

• Barack Obama, President of the United States

• Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

• Edward Snowden, N.S.A. leaker

• Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist

The Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday.

Obama was Person of the Year in 2008 and 2012. He is the only person who appeared on last year’s short list to make this year’s. His predecessor in the White House, Franklin Roosevelt, is the only person to receive the title three times.

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