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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,193,661 — Total deaths: 716,735 — Total recoveries — 11,611,029Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.