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Letitia James, New York’s Dogged AG

James has filed more than 35 lawsuits against the Trump administration this year, leading the charge against its attempts to block minorities and other voters.



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The Brooklyn-bred lawyer, who in 2018 became the first Black American and the first woman elected to the role for the state, had a busy summer. In September, James supported a group of local governments that wanted to stop the 2020 census from ending early after the administration sought to move up the deadline for collecting results. (The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the coalition, which civil rights advocates say will lead to an undercounting of urban minorities.) Earlier, in August, she alleged fraud and corruption at the National Rifle Association—chartered in New York in 1871—claiming that members used funds for private jets and family trips; the NRA countersued, saying James had misused her office for political purposes.

That same month she fought back against attempts to hobble the U.S. Postal Service before a rush of pandemic-induced mail-in ballots, heading a suit against Trump and his postmaster general that aimed, in part, to stop the dismantling of mail-sorting machines. In October a federal judge ordered the Postal Service to restore the machines at any facilities that couldn’t process first-class election mail quickly enough.