Nov 19, 2018

White House restores Jim Acosta's hard pass

Jim Acosta (left) and Donald Trump (right) Photo: Mandel Ngan, Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP, pool via Getty Images

The White House has sent a letter to CNN's Jim Acosta informing him that his hard pass has been restored, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The press office still claims they have a right to revoke Acosta's press credentials in the future if he violates new rules laid out in the letter. Press access to the White House is grounded very much in tradition rather than in plain-letter law. A future court fight could potentially result in a precedent that curtails freedom to cover the most powerful official in the world from the literal front row.

"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored. Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs."
— The White House in its letter to Acosta

Details: The letter included new rules for White House reporters, including that they only ask one question and that follow-up questions will only be permitted "at the discretion of the President or other White House officials."

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There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.