100 Most Influential Libertarians: A Newsmax/FreedomFest List

Being libertarian is trendy right now, so much so that many actors, activists, politicians, media personalities, financial gurus, professors, scientists, and authors call themselves libertarians, even when they don’t really qualify philosophically and fundamentally. To compile this list, our editors defined a libertarian as a consistent advocate of free-market capitalism, minimal government, and social tolerance (thus distinguishing libertarians from conservatives). Their motto might be “Keep government out of the boardroom and the bedroom.” Our first effort to rank the 100 most influential libertarians came from a recent survey of libertarians carried out by FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.” More than 10,000 people participated in the survey, identifying over 200 individuals whom they deemed most influential within the libertarian sphere. We also combed through many online sources and consulted with several well-connected and informed libertarians to compile this list. Still, a list like this is subjective at best, and should be viewed as interesting and informative, rather than definitive. We very likely missed people who should have been on the list, and we welcome your input and correction for future editions. Moreover, while selecting only 100 is difficult, coming up with a ranking is even more subjective. We tried to rank the entrants in what we believe is a somewhat logical order of influence, but we certainly recognize that many readers (and perhaps even some people whose names are on the list!) may take exception to the ranking. Finally, it is important to note that we chose to leave out a few individuals whose credentials as libertarians might be less convincing, such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Howard Stern. We may well change our minds on these omissions, but for now these individuals are left off the list. We hope you enjoy the list and we welcome your corrections and suggestions Continue Reading

7 sports figures who made TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people list

TIME magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people, whether it be pioneers, artists, leaders, titans or icons. From athletes to sports executives, here are the sports figures who made the cut: 1. Conor McGregor: The UFC lightweight champion is currently preparing to face off against one of the best boxers, Floyd Mayweather. The Dublin native is described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as someone who has become bigger than the sports and "has a fire in his belly that can't be quenched with championship belts." 2. Theo Epstein: The Cubs President of Baseball Operations helped build a team that won its first World Series since 1908 (not to mention, he already assembled the Idiots who broke the Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox in 2004). In the writeup, John Cusack recalls telling Epstein that the World Series Game 7 win over the Indians was the greatest sporting moment of the century. "Thank you. And Thank you from my father," Cusack told him. "No," Theo said, "it's all about these guys." 3. LeBron James: Of course King James had to make the list. Between finally bringing a championship home to Cleveland with the Cavaliers last season and his philanthropic work with his foundation, the NBA superstar is unstoppable. 4. Tom Brady: Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, the Patriots signal-caller added to his legacy when he helped bring the Patriots back from the brink of defeat — a 28-3 deficit toward the end of the third quarter in Super Bowl LI — to win his fifth championship, this one in overtime. "The mic was dropped," Conan O'Brien wrote of the victory over the Falcons. "But Tom's real achievement is that he willed himself to be." Oh, the power of a tireless work ethic and not eating tomatoes. 5. Simone Biles: The 20-year-old, part of the "Final Five," is the 2016 Summer Olympic individual Continue Reading

Greta: Let’s Get Jill Tahmooressi on TIME’s List of Most Influential People

Greta Van Susteren tonight called on her viewers to help her get Jill Tahmooressi on TIME Magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. “Her Marine son was locked up in Mexico in a hopeless situation, and by her sheer determination, her influence, she got the attention of the entire world,” Van Susteren said of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s mother. 'Like Some Kind of Animal in a Cage': Sgt. Tahmooressi Tells His Story 'What Took So Long?': Greta Reacts to Release of Jailed Marine Van Susteren remarked that Tahmooressi managed to get the attention of Mexico and the media – including “On The Record.” She also secured more than 100,000 signatures on a White House petition within 30 days. “She never gave up […] This mother of a Marine, a nurse from Florida, is influential big time,” Van Susteren said. Van Susteren urged viewers to tweet #TIME100 and #JillTahmooressi to get the Marine’s mother on the list of most influential people. Continue Reading

Jay-Z, Jennifer Lawrence top Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ list

Jay-Z has gone from 99 problems to another entry on the Times 100. The hip-hop mogul headed up the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, joining President Obama, actress Lena Dunham, and Justin Timberlake. The rapper nabbed one of the seven covers the magazine is releasing for the special issue. "He's an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said of Jay-Z in his essay for Time, "and his influence stretches across races, religions, and regions." Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence also snagged one of the covers, getting a write-up by fellow actress Jodie Foster. "A hoot. A gem. A gem with a killer stare," Foster wrote about Lawrence. The members of the list range from Sen. Rand Paul to tennis player Li Na, including Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes. Director Steven Spielberg, superstar Beyoncé, crooner Frank Ocean, and talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon also made the list. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tim Tebow, new NY Jets quarterback, makes TIME magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World list

The Jets did much more than simply trade for a backup quarterback when they acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos last month. They got a cultural phenomenon. Tebow was one of six sports figures, including Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, to be named to TIME magazine's ninth annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The list is comprised of "people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world." Tebow is among a group that includes authors, politicians, artists, comedians, actors and activists. Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffett, Stephen Colbert, Matt Lauer, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, recording artist Rihanna and Saturday Night Live actress Kristen Wiig are also on the list. (Interestingly enough, Giants QB Eli Manning will be working with Rihanna and Wiig when he hosts SNL on May 5). "The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world," TIME managing editor Rick Stengel said. "Before microphones and television were invented, a leader had to stand in front of a crowd and bellow. Now (one) can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable." Tebow's sphere of influence reaches far beyond the football field. The Tim Tebow Foundation has helped the underprivileged for years and is currently building a hospital in the Philippines. "Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character," Lin wrote in the magazine. "You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect. But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in Continue Reading

Time unveils its 100 Most Influential People list

It's time for the Time 100, Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.For the first time, the issue, unveiled today and hitting newsstands Friday, features seven separate covers, each featuring a member of the list. Jennifer Lawrence, Jay-Z, Elon Musk (CEO and founder, SpaceX; co-founder, Tesla Motors and PayPal), Sen. Rand Paul and teen activist Malala Yousafzai each appear solo on the five domestic split covers. Internationally, Li Na and Aamir Khan are also featured along with some of the U.S. covers.More highlights from the 2013 Time 100:• This year's list includes 35 women.• President Obama is on the list for the eighth time, more than any other person on the list.• Other repeats on the list: Joe Biden, Chris Christie, Mario Draghi, Gabrielle Giffords, LeBron James, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Kate Middleton, Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, Sheryl Sandberg, Aung San Suu Kyi, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Ren Zhengfei.• Stars on the list include Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lawrence, Miguel and Justin Timberlake.Each person is profiled by another high-profile person. Among them:Justin Timberlake writes of Jimmy Fallon: "Picture this: I'm in the heart of an impromptu speech at my wedding reception in front of 150 guests, pouring it out to my lovely new bride. You could hear a pin drop. I paused for just a moment in between thoughts. And then there was Jimmy, shouting a joke from his seat, sparking an improv ­between the two of us that went on for a good five or 10 minutes and had all our guests roaring with laughter. … It turned into a moment that everyone there will remember forever. Anyone else would have bombed on that stage."Jodie Foster pens a piece on Jennifer Lawrence: "You'll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Continue Reading

Sarah Palin praises Fox News’ Glenn Beck in Time’s 100 of world’s most influential people

The ex-Alaska governor made it into the top 10 of Time's big list, but sang the praises of a fellow Fox News star. Sarah Palin wrote the glowing prose that accompanied Glenn Beck's spot on Time magazine's 100 of the world's most influential people list, posted online on Thursday. "Who'd have thought a history buff with a quirky sense of humor and a chalkboard could make for such riveting television?" she wrote. With words such as "amazing" and "patriotic," she writes Beck "inspires others to learn and respect our nation's history." "Self-taught, he's become America's professor of common sense, sharing earnestly sought knowledge with an audience hungry for truth," Palin wrote. The bombastic, 46-year-old Fox News host landed on the list among the "leaders" section at No. 12, three spots behind Palin. President Obama was No. 4, and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is No. 3. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, landed the top spot. All of the blurbs written about each person on the lengthy list were penned by someone of equal or similar fame. For example, Palin's piece was crafted by noted right-wing rocker, Ted Nugent. "We who are driven to be assets to our families, communities and our beloved country connect with the principles that Sarah Palin embodies," he wrote of the former beauty queen who quit her job as governor of Alaska in 2009 and is about to host her own reality show. "I'd be proud to share a moose-barbecue campfire with the Palin family anytime, so long as I can shoot the moose," Nugent wrote. Other famous names who penned glowing notes of those they admire are Bono, who wrote about Bill Clinton; Robert De Niro about Ben Stiller, and Rudy Giuliani who wrote about Karls Paul-Noel, the assistant fire chief for operations for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List includes Rush Limbaugh, George Clooney, Zac Efron

A 21-year-old New York college student beat out everyone from President Obama to Oprah Winfrey in a Time.com poll to win the title World's Most Influential Person. In doing so, Christopher Poole, aka moot, managed to bull his way into Time magazine's 2009 list of "Most Influential People in the World," a group that includes Nobel prize winners and heads of state. Who is Poole? He's the publicity-shy founder of 4chan.org, which Time said averages 13 million page views a day, 5.6 million visitors a month, and could be the "second largest bulletin board in the world." Poole was 15 and living with his parents in Westchester County when he set up the site in 2003 to attract other fans of Japanese comics. Did Poole's platoons rig the vote? Poole denied it, but Time.com said their techies did detect - and derail - several attempts to hack the vote. Even if the final result is as suspect as a Chicago election, Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel said Poole is no less deserving than previous winners like Nintendo video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (2007) and Korean pop star Rain (2006). "I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll," he said on Time.com's Web site. "Doubting the results is kind of the point." Time Magazine's list of 100 people with the most juice was compiled by an even less scientific method - managing editor Rick Stengel picked the people. And while Mayor Bloomberg didn't make the cut, Stengel gave hizzoner a chance to burnish his credentials as a ladies man. Specifically, the ladies of ABC's "The View" - all five of them. "We all have our favorites (I'll never tell)," ever-so-coy Mayor Bloomberg wrote in the special edition, which appears on the magazine's Web site today and on newsstands Friday. "We really do think of them as family." The Time list compiled by Stengel is diverse - 30 women and 70 men from 23 countries - and includes perennial honorees like George Clooney and newcomers like Continue Reading

Time magazine names Bloomberg one of 100 most influential people

Mayor Bloomberg is keeping some pretty persuasive company.He's listed along with filmmaker Tyler Perry, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama and Oprah on Time magazine's 2008 list of the "Most Influential People in the World." The magazine's list of 100 people who shape the world, on the magazine's Web site today and on newsstands Friday, also includes presidential contenders Sens. Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and President Bush also are named. The list includes more than three times as many men - 77 - as women - 23 - and draws nominees from 23 countries, a spokeswoman for the magazine said.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian named to Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ list

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the ultimate power couple — at least according to Time Magazine. Both celebs were named to to the Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, joining an impressive roster that includes Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis and President Obama. The “Jesus Walks” rapper had the slight edge over his wife, scoring one of the magazine’s five covers. “Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list,” SpaceXFounder Elon Musk wrote in his Time 100 profile. “Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity ... got him to where he is today.” While Kardashian didn’t score a cover, she did receive praise from a fellow mogul — Martha Stewart. “Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness,” she wrote. “But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings — shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch — have also expanded the very definition of family.” Other notable names joining Kimye on the list include Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Watson and “Serial” podcast host Sarah Koenig. Along with Yeezus, Cooper scored a Time 100 cover for his “increasingly brave, eccentric, breathtakingly diverse performances,” including in the Oscar-nominated “American Sniper.” “I barely recognized him in ‘American Sniper;’ physically and emotionally, he actually kind of disappeared,” actor Oliver Platt wrote. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos all earned Time 100 covers. The Time 100 issue hits newsstands Friday. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading