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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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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.