US agency plans crackdown on FOIA requests

Trump administration officials took steps on Friday to crack down on transparency at one of the largest US federal agencies, proposing a slew of changes that could make it harder for the public and media to obtain records of agency dealings.

Conservative megadonor Robert Mercer cuts political spending

Mercer and his family spent $2.9 million on federal elections this year, less than a third of their outlay in either 2016, the last presidential election, or 2014, the year of the last midterms, according to data gathered through late December.