This obscure law had a big political impact in 2015

While an effort to reform the nation's open records law failed to gain much traction in 2015 after a promising start, the Freedom of Information Act still quietly shaped much of the year's political landscape.

Reporters and transparency advocates used FOIA to unearth documents related to FBI surveillance, CIA spying on Congress and the State Department's handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack.  Continue…