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
(CNSNews.com) - The video described in a civil suit as "smoking gun" evidence that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) committed felonies became available on the Internet Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, the day Fred Thompson made his debate debut in the 2008 presidential race, two conservative commentators criticized how the former Tennessee senator handled the 1990s Senate probe into Clinton campaign fundraising corruption.Thompson was chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in 1997, when the committee probed Chinese money that allegedly poured into the 1996 re-election campaign of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A 1996 e-mail released by the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library reveals that Camp David began receiving the Sci-Fi Channel that summer. Six other records released by the library involve correspondence to the White House on UFOs or extraterrestrial sightings.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) secured more than $1 million in federal funding last year for a Harlem-based non-profit whose leader gave her presidential campaign a major endorsement last weekend.Clinton -- who is aggressively competing for the black vote with her chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) -- touted the endorsement of Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, a prominent black leader and pastor of one of the oldest black churches in America, the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In 2005, Kentucky won a $36,300 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to protect bingo halls from terrorist infiltration, and last year, the federal government granted $46,908 in homeland security funds to protect a limo and bus service that transports New Yorkers to the affluent Hamptons region in Long Island.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) acknowledged "a lack of clarity" in his office procedures when in late 2006 he agreed with the House Ethics Committee to stop using his office staff to run personal errands and work on his campaign. His spokesman said that should be the end of it, but a Washington ethics group disagrees and is asking for a Justice Department investigation into the matter regarding the lawmaker, who now chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama raised nearly as much in the first quarter of fundraising as New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, his chief rival for the Democratic 2008 presidential nomination.Obama announced Wednesday he raised $25 million in the first quarter of fundraising.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The legal and political implications of a Hollywood mogul's lawsuit against Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton are not yet clear, but legal experts are not holding their breath. In some ways, it's old news with a new twist. The alleged corruption in high places occurred in 2000, when the then-first lady was seeking her first term as a U.S. senator from New York. That's when Hollywood mainstay Peter Paul produced a fundraising event that he says amounted to a nearly $2 million in-kind campaign contribution.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Before he led his party in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was credited for building his home-state GOP into a competitive political force. But after a bloody GOP primary earlier this year for the governor's race, some Bluegrass state Republicans are not ready to unite behind the Senate minority leader as he prepares for his 2008 reelection bid.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's records from her eight years in the White House will be ready for public release at the end of January 2008, but they will be reviewed by former President Bill Clinton before the public can look at them.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group that lobbies for needle exchanges, for allowing more immigrants with HIV/AIDS to legally enter the country, and for condom distribution in prisons received a $303,000 federal earmark pushed by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After the small town of Hazleton, Pa., experienced a stabbing, a drug bust and a few absentee landlords with as many as nine residents living in a single unit, Mayor Louis Barletta said he lay awake one night and thought, "I've lost my city."The common thread running through many of the problems facing the once-sleepy town of about 23,000 residents is that the offenses involved illegal immigrants.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Critics of global warming call the proposed "auction" of carbon credits a form of taxation that would hurt poor consumers the worst, yet some experts believe such auctions might be the best way for countries around the world to pay the heavy costs of reducing their industrial emissions. "A cap and trade would result in a massive wealth redistribution from the poor and working class to the wealthier Americans," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and leading global warming skeptic.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than six years after the Clintons left the White House, nearly half of the respondents in a new poll -- 45 percent -- worry that if they return, they could bring "high levels of corruption" with them.A Zogby International poll released Thursday in Washington highlights in particular concerns about former President Bill Clinton's ability to "behave honestly in the White House" if his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), is elected president in 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson has not announced he is running for president - yet. Nonetheless, media scrutiny of his record as a lawyer and lobbyist shows he is being treated like a candidate and, as such, as a target for his political opponents.A July 6 report in The Los Angeles Times, for instance, included allegations from pro-abortion lobbyists that Thompson lobbied President George H.W. Bush's White House on their behalf in 1991. Thompson has denied the charge.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two California organizations with grants from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) may have used the money improperly, said two members of Congress who want an investigation into the entire grant process. Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to probe LSC grantees as a result of two specific legal groups that they say might have violated the rules attached to the grants.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency but would also require them to go back home after a "set period" of time, he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday. After four days of questioning from Cybercast News Service, however, the Romney campaign was unable to specify how long that "set period" would be.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush will pledge Monday night in his final State of the Union address to veto any spending bill that doesn't reduce pork barrel spending. This comes after he issued an executive order banning congressional earmarks earlier Monday.Some budget hawks, however, wonder if the measure is too little, too late.Earmarks are provisions that lawmakers sneak into legislation that isn't subject to actual approval by Congress but rather is implemented by federal agencies.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Touting his conservative credentials, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore borrows a phrase from an unlikely source: "I will represent the Republican wing of the Republican party," Gilmore said, a variation of a quote first made famous by Howard Dean, now the Democratic National Committee chairman, when he ran for his party's 2004 presidential nomination. Dean complained that other Democrats in the primary race weren't liberal enough.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bogdan Dzakovic warned federal aviation authorities in the 1990s that America was vulnerable to air attacks from terrorists. His efforts earned him a demotion and reprimands, he said Monday, at a time when government officials weren't quite as concerned about the terrorist threat. Dzakovic was a red team leader for the Federal Aviation Administration, whose job was to simulate attacks on airports and military bases based on knowledge of terrorist methods. He said his duties were changed to "answering phones on the graveyard shift."