The TIME 100

To help select the world's most influential people, we asked these newsmakers to offer their nominations for this year's list

Howard Dean
The former presidential hopeful and governor of Vermont is Democratic National Committee chairman emeritus
Change is brought about by those like Georgia's Randa Bronson, who became politically active after her Army husband was shipped to Iraq for his third tour of duty. Bronson registered thousands of new voters in Macon, joining millions who realized that, indeed, America did belong to them.

Michael Emerson
The Emmy Award--winning television actor stars as the nefarious Ben Linus in ABC's hit series Lost
I am inspired by actor Paul Giamatti. He makes me think differently about a whole set of American characters by investing them...

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