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

James Watson
The chancellor emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Lab was one of TIME's People of the Century
Thomas Jefferson said, "The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man." When reading a column by Frank Rich, we suspect that Jefferson was right. With peerless intellectual clarity and wit, Rich holds our leaders to a higher standard than the one at which they too often settle.

John Kerry
The former presidential candidate is chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a past TIME 100 honoree
In the 47 years since he was elected to the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy has...

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