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At a New York City fundraiser, President Donald Trump praised the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax overhaul. The Senate bill gives most of its tax breaks to businesses and high-earners. The vote was a big step toward giving Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration. AP

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These are Time Magazine’s Person of the Year finalists

By Jared Gilmour

jgilmour@mcclatchy.com

December 04, 2017 07:18 PM

Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year will be announced Wednesday morning, but the 10 finalists for the prize were announced Monday on the NBC’s “Today” show.

The finalists Time editors selected range from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether or not the Trump campaign played a role in Russia’s attempted interference in the 2017 election.

Time has been selecting a Person of the Year since 1927, according to the magazine.

The Person of the Year for 2017 will be announced between 7 and 8 a.m. ET Wednesday on the “Today” show.

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Just last week, the 2016 Time Person of the Year — President Donald Trump — made waves when he took to Twitter saying that he’d been told he would likely get the slot again in 2017, but that he’d turned it down.

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017

Time, however, had a different story.

The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.

— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017

On Time’s shortlist, alphabetically, are:

Jeff Bezos

Founder and CEO of Amazon — a company that has upended the retail sector and the entire economy — Bezos recently became the richest man on the planet, CNBC reports. In 2013, he purchased The Washington Post.

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The Dreamers

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There are thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought to the country as children. Since President Trump announced he would end an Obama-era program that deferred the deportations of these undocumented “Dreamers,” their fate has been thrown into uncertainty.

Patty Jenkins

In its opening weekend alone, the movie “Wonder Woman” raked in more than $100 million at the box office, Variety reports — making its director, Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct such a high-grossing blockbuster.

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Warner Bros Pictures

Kim Jong Un

As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea intensify over the rogue nation’s nuclear program, the leaders of each country — Trump and Kim Jong Un — have been trading personal attacks.

Nikki Haley: Kim Jong Un ‘begging for war’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “begging for war” during an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Sept. 4. Haley urged the council to adopt more severe sanction measures to stop North Korea’s nuclear program.

Colin Kaepernick

A former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick became a household name outside of sports by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence and racism — and this year those protests expanded even further after the president publicly criticized them.

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The #MeToo Movement

After allegations of rape and assault brought down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement has helped bring previously unspoken allegations of sexual assault, rape and workplace harassment out into the open, leading to high-profile firings in entertainment, news and more.

Look at the overwhelmingly positive responses to #metoo, a hashtag for survivors of sexual abuse

Actress Alyssa Milano got an idea from a friend of a friend on Facebook to elevate the Harvey Weinstein conversation. She took the idea to Twitter, posting: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." The hashtag #MeToo was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours, according to Twitter.

Lena Blietz/Star-Telegram

Robert Mueller

A former director of the FBI, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2017 presidential campaign. Mueller’s appointment came after then-FBI Director James Comey was abruptly fired by the president earlier this year.

Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI at a D.C. federal courthouse on Friday morning. It’s the first guilty plea by any of the four former Trump advisers charged in an investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The son of Saudi King Salman is only 32, but he’s already made a big impression as crown prince, including leading a crackdown of rivals for alleged corruption. The move that has been viewed by critics as an effort to gain more control himself, the New York Times reports.

Donald Trump

Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year just a year ago. Since then, he’s thrilled his fans and rankled his detractors with the unfiltered persona — on Twitter and beyond — that helped get him elected.

Xi Jinping

He’s the leader of the most populous nation on the planet, and only became more powerful this year when he earned as second five-year term as president of China.