Fred Lucas joined the staff of Cybercast News Service in January 2007 as an investigative reporter/staff writer after a seven-year career with daily newspapers. Prior to joining CNSNews.com, Fred worked as a political reporter for The News-Times in Danbury, Conn. and before that for The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., reporting on corruption scandals, state political campaigns and the 2004 presidential race. He has done freelance work for The Weekly Standard, Human Events and The American Spectator. Fred holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - For Democrats, the New Hampshire primary may be just as important for who loses as for who wins. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York may have entered last week's Iowa caucuses as the inevitable nominee, but polls indicate Sen. Barack Obama is now poised to exit New Hampshire as the new candidate of inevitability.Clinton lost her aura of inevitability last week when she came in third place in the Iowa caucuses. Now she is trailing Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in New Hampshire, prompting media buzz that a loss here could be a fatal blow.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The first vote won't be cast until next January, but the first competition in the long road to the White House ends this weekend. That's the contest in which Americans vote with their pocketbooks, and presidential aspirants have been scouring the country to add more money to their first quarter fundraising report.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The 11,046 pages of former first lady Hillary Clinton's calendars and schedules that are now available to the public indicate, among other things, that she was a "co-president," according to a conservative analyst and, to a degree, according to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library agreed to release the papers after a long legal battle, and the documents were made available through the National Archives on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - All 10 current candidates for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination will be able to take part in a debate to be aired on Fox News on May 15, the cable channel said Wednesday.Cybercast News Service reported earlier that seven of the 10 might not make the cut for the debate given the organizers' decision to exclude those not achieving at least one percent in opinion polls.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Edwards has tried to set his 2008 presidential candidacy apart from the pack by highlighting poverty and criticizing corporate power, but the North Carolina Democrat in recent years has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in donations from individuals working for the tobacco, pharmaceutical, oil and other sectors.Last February, Edwards told a crowd of supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., "We have to stop letting the health insurance companies and the big pharmaceutical concerns decide our nation's health care policy."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Barely a week after questions emerged about suspicious donations to Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, a three-judge panel in California will hear arguments Friday regarding an illegal fundraising event from her 2000 Senate campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Calling himself the "grim reaper" for bad legislation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the conservative Federalist Society on Friday, that the Republican minority in the Senate has been able to "improve worthy legislation or stop legislation that never had popular support."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee climbs in the polls in the GOP presidential race, some of his Republican Party opponents are criticizing his record on illegal immigration as being un-conservative and not in line with what American voters want from their next president.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will have a lengthy pro-abortion rights record to defend during her 2008 presidential campaign -- a record established not only by her Senate votes but also by her eight years as first lady.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Hampton, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) said he knows he's the underdog in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but he is assuring his supporters that he's ready for a fight, both as a candidate and as president."The richest Americans are getting richer and the biggest corporations are making record profits, even when it means the destruction of the middle class and the destruction of the American dream for our children and grandchildren," Edwards said here on Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The political in-fighting in the House Judiciary Committee is escalating with the committee?s ranking Republican member now seeking to place former Democratic President Bill Clinton on the hot seat at Democratic-sponsored hearings into the alleged scandals of the Bush administration.Hearings entitled, ?The Appropriate Use of Presidential Pardoning Power? and ?Ensuring Executive Branch Accountability were scheduled for Thursday, but postponed by Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers of Michigan, one of Bush?s harshest critics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The lengthy Democratic primary contest bodes well for Republican chances of holding the White House, a new poll suggests. As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination, many of their supporters -- at least in Pennsylvania, site of the next major primary -- aren't committed to the party's ticket in November, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Before Ronald Reagan and even before Barry Goldwater, there was William F. Buckley, journalist, commentator and founder of National Review magazine, the co-author of a new biography of the conservative icon said Wednesday. In the 1950s, conservatism was described as having a variety of "fractious fractions," before the founding of National Review united to combat the "liberal stranglehold on America," according to the book "Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After the House of Representatives approved an ethics probe to determine if Rep. William Jefferson - recently indicted on bribery charges - should be ousted from the chamber, the chair of the House ethics committee voiced frustration. "It is inappropriate for any other member to impose on these proceedings," said Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) in comments apparently aimed at House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who insisted the usually autonomous committee probe possible expulsion of the Louisiana Democrat.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Norman Hsu's donations to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign have brought comparisons but no direct connections to the 1990s "Chinagate" scandal. But before Hsu made headlines as a fugitive fundraiser late last month (he's now in custody in California for a 1991 grand theft conviction), he served on a board with another key figure in the earlier fundraising scandal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In 1996, it was Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan. In 2000, it was George W. Bush and John McCain. The battle for the Republican presidential nomination typically narrows down to two candidates: the presumed national front-runner and the plucky insurgent candidate. While 2008 is a different kind of primary for Republicans, with no candidate holding the air of inevitability, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has established himself as the clear national front-runner, despite his socially liberal views on abortion, guns and homosexual rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) pledge to end the Iraq war if she becomes president rings hollow to some anti-war activists not ready to forget the Democratic frontrunner's once staunch advocacy for the invasion.Since announcing her candidacy for president, the New York senator has tried to distance herself from backing the unpopular war.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - The two leading Republicans presidential candidates have a lot riding on the outcome of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.Sen. John McCain of Arizona lays it out on his Web site: A "strong finish" in Iowa and New Hampshire will give him "momentum to win" Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina and Florida -- and from there, it's on to Super Tuesday, when voters in several large states will choose a presidential candidate. McCain plans to campaign in South Carolina, starting Wednesday, after a Wednesday morning stop in Michigan.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Corrects timing in second paragraph.)(CNSNews.com) - Government watchdog groups want more answers as to why Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stepped down from a military appropriations subcommittee at a time questions were being asked billions of dollars in federal defense contracts going to her husband's companies.Feinstein resigned her post as chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction Appropriations, it was reported last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Clarifies wording in the 14th paragraph.)(CNSNews.com) - A videotape shows New York Sen. Hillary Clinton committing felonies and should be admitted as new evidence in a California civil case, a forthcoming legal brief to be filed by Friday argues.