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    Attorneys General Ascend as Political Force

    Watch these down-ballot dynamos. While the presidential race sucks up all the oxygen, 10 heated attorney general races across the country are getting nasty — and putting on display an office that has more direct sway over our lives. Though originally a line of defense against an overreaching monarch, state AGs are now on offense for everything from marriage rights to environmental issues. Some contend they’ve also become more partisan, seeking out juicy targets like Wall Street banks or the federal government as a stepping-stone to national stardom.

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