Let's check out some political stories we found Below the Fold.

Second Thoughts?

Dan Rather, who wept before David Letterman while reciting the second stanza of "America the Beautiful," now sees national pride as a global threat. 

He told the BBC this week, "It's an obscene comparison … but you know there was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around people's necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of tough questions."

All the News That's Fit to Repeat

This just in: The New York Times reported on Saturday that: "The FBI had been aware for several years that Usama bin Laden and his terrorist networks were training pilots in the United States and elsewhere around the world, according to court records and interviews at flight schools and with federal law enforcement officials."

Compare that with a story published last September 23 — nearly eight months ago — in the Washington Post. The story began: "Federal authorities have been aware for years that suspected terrorists with ties to Usama bin Laden were receiving flight training at schools in the United States and abroad, according to interviews and court testimony."