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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

New York's Tenant Protection Unit has launched an investigation into Jared Kushner's family firm after the AP reported that the company engaged in a campaign of "relentless construction" and rent hikes to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments.

The details: More than a dozen current and former residents described "unlivable conditions" caused by renovations that included work after hours, incessant drilling, clouds of toxic dust, falling debris, and rat infestations in interviews with the AP. Seeking to convert the apartments into luxury condos, the Kushner Cos. also allegedly raised prices to the maximum level allowed under rent-stabilization rules, which together with the construction conditions caused 75% of the building's apartments to be vacated or sold.

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Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

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What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.

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