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Barry Myers. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Reports of widespread and “alarming" sexual harassment followed a workplace investigation into AccuWeather — a commercial weather forecasting company and federal contractor — where Barry Myers, tapped by President Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was previously CEO, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The backdrop: A September 2016 complaint that comprised more than 20 witnesses, revealed last year that under executive control of Myers, AccuWeather promoted a hostile work environment wherein flagrant allegations were ignored and those who protested faced retaliation. In June, The Post reported AccuWeather’s $290,000 settlement, described in a conciliation agreement with 4 women who received payment and another 30 who were eligible.

Why it matters: Myers was tapped by Trump in 2017 to lead NOAA, the country’s primary weather, climate and oceans agency, after agreeing to divest his ownership stake in the company — now run by Myers’ brother, Joel.

Details: In April, a Senate committee fast-tracked Myers’s nomination, the third time his nomination advanced out of committee, however his confirmation has not been scheduled for a floor vote.

Concerns about Myers' conflicts of interest and lack of scientific expertise have stalled his nomination to date.

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The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

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A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.

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