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Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of the iconic "60 Minutes" Sunday news broadcast, is out after months of allegations of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: His exit follows the high-profile departure of CBS chief Les Moonves, who left the network Sunday after two reports were published alleging the executive sexually harassed over a dozen women over three decades.

The details: CBS President David Rhodes sent a memo to employees, obtained by Axios and first reported by CNN, detailing Fager's departure.

  • In the memo, CBS President David Rhodes says Fager is leaving because he violated company policy, and that "his departure is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports."
  • Rhodes also explained replacement plans, "Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately. Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program."
  • Rhodes says interim CBS chief Joe Ianniello "is in full support of this decision and the transition to come."

The allegations against Fager, allege that he was complicit in allowing a culture of sexual harassment at the network and that he made women uncomfortable while inebriated at company parties.

The big picture: Fager joins a growing list of high-profile network individuals to leave a company in part due to accusations or findings of sexual misconduct, including CBS' Moonves and Charlie Rose, Fox's Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, and NBC's Mark Halperin and Matt Lauer.

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California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform.

The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive protests to erupt throughout the country. Military leaders have been using internet blackouts to try to maintain power in light of the coup.

It's harder to fill the Cabinet

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It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.