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Progressives announce opposition to Pelosi-backed rule changes

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points finger.
Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Rick Loomis via Getty Images

Top Democrats unveiled a series of proposed changes to House rules Tuesday night, including the creation of a select committee on climate change and an exemption to a ban on hats that would allow members to wear religious headwear on the floor of the House.

The big picture: The rules overhaul is already being opposed by progressive Democrats Ro Khanna and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have said they will vote against the package because of the "pay as you go" (PAYGO) rule — which requires any increase in entitlement spending be offset by paring back other entitlement programs. If more than 16 Democrats defect and no Republicans vote for the package, the Democratic majority won’t be able to pass the package as is.

More journalists killed in 2018, ending recent decline

Jamal Khashoggi portrait next to candlelight at vigil.
Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The decline of journalist killings in the last 6 years has ended, with 94 journalists and news media staffers killed around the world in 2018, the AP reports.

By the numbers: The deadliest place for journalists this year was Afghanistan, where 16 killings occurred, followed by Mexico with 11, Yemen with 9, and Syria with 8. The numbers come from the International Federation of Journalists, an international trade group, in a report set for release Monday.

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