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New York Attorney General Letitia James speaking in New York City in August 2021. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she will run for governor in 2022.

Why it matters: James has been seen by Democratic strategists, operatives and progressives as a potentially strong candidate for governor given her heightened national profile from lawsuits against former President Trump, Facebook, Google and the National Rifle Association, as well as her office's investigation into sexual harassment accusations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • The investigation into Cuomo eventually led to his resignation earlier this year.

What she's saying: "I've spent my career guided by a simple principal: stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable — to be a force for change," James said in an announcement video posted on Twitter.

  • “I’m running for Governor of New York because I have the experience, vision, and courage to take on the powerful on behalf of all New Yorkers," she added.
  • James was the first African American and the first woman elected as N.Y.'s attorney general.

The big picture: Current Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who became the first woman to serve as governor after assuming the position following Cuomo's resignation, said in August that she will also run for governor in 2022.

  • James' candidacy likely sets up a competitive Democratic primary.
  • For the Republican nomination, Andrew Giuliani — son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have announced their candidacies.

Go deeper: Sex crime complaint filed against Andrew Cuomo

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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Tony James plans to retire from his role as executive vice chairman of investment giant Blackstone at the end of the year, according to an internal memo distributed on Thursday.

Behind the scenes: Blackstone set up a succession plan for James in 2018, when it promoted real estate boss Jon Gray to the president and COO roles that James had held since joining the firm in 2002.

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.