In these posts, we sometimes use the term "political class" to describe the men and women who are elected to, or are otherwise a permanent part of, our government. Some choose to use the term "ruling class," which is a phrase that conjures images of an elite that rules by right.
Today is an unusual anniversary: the Berlin Wall has been gone from the landscape for exactly the same amount of time (28 years) that it divided east and west Berlin. For those who are too young to recall when the West and the Soviet bloc stared at one another through razor wire and gun emplacements, the whole episode seems surreal.
Millions of pixels and untold numbers of trees perished in the partisan dust-up following the release of Rep. Devin Nunes' FISA memo. What all the point scoring misses -- tragically, but not surprisingly -- is how the memo demonstrates the lengths, and depths, the federal government will go to spy on American citizens.