Trump, Kaepernick, Kim Jong Un make shortlist for Time’s Person of the Year

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FILE - This combination of photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 29, 2017. The notion of a substantive sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump – the most gazed-upon figures of this moment in the planet's history – is a staggering prospect and a potential logistical nightmare if the two countries ever tried to make it happen. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files)

NEW YORK CITY (KXAN) — The shortlist of Time’s Person of the Year released Monday — includes not one, but two movements instead of just individuals.

One of them was the “Me Too” movement, launched to highlight sexual assault that coincided with claims of sexual misconduct against Hollywood and other industries. The other was “The Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, who this year received heightened attention because President Donald Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and charged Congress with developing a replacement before it ends in March.

Other people on the short list include:

  • President Donald Trump, who was the 2016 recipient
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
  • Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
  • Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick
  • Saudi Arabia’s crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who opponents say is reckless but supporters characterize as revoluntionary
  • “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct an American studio superhero movie
  • Former FBI director and current special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election

Time’s Person of the Year highlights those who have had most influenced the news over the previous year, whether for better or worse. The finalist will be revealed Wednesday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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