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 White House on Thursday corrected what President Bush previously said about when he learned of intelligence that said Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program. Bush said Tuesday that Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told him in August there would be a reassessment of Tehran's nuclear goals. But, Bush added, "He didn't tell me what the information was. He did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com)Coming soon a harsh examination of Democratic presidential candidate frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton by a longtime Clinton family confidant-turned-critic and a former Capitol Hill staffer who probed various Clinton scandals.Dick Morris is working with Washington-based conservative advocacy group Citizens United to produce a film on the New York senator, which it says aims to "expose the truth about her conflicts in the past and her liberal plot for the future."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Changes title of Mychal Massie, national chairman of Project 21.) (CNSNews.com) - Yet another racially charged comment has entered the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, and this time it harkens back to the Clinton impeachment scandal.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - So what is Barack Obama waiting for? The Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate has yet to release his fundraising figures for the first quarter, raising speculation that he is holding out to make a big splash with his announcement.Expectations are high for Obama, elected in 2004 to his first Senate term. The ultimate question: Did he raise as much as - or even more than - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)?
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein may have had as much of a financial interest in two defense contractors as her husband who controlled them, according to California law. The state's "community property law" could be relevant at a time when the senior Democratic senator from California is facing allegations of a conflict of interest and growing calls for an inquiry.
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) -The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both are rebutting a Government Accountability Office report released last week that said the U.S. government is not adequately vetting immigrants, including those from terrorism-sponsoring countries, who win Diversity Visas (DVs). Both agencies also disclaimed ultimate responsibility for that vetting process.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - With a vote pending to restrict the interrogation techniques of the Central Intelligence Agency, many senators were non-committal Tuesday on whether they would agree to outlaw waterboarding after a former CIA officer said the method of simulated drowning helped save American lives. Former CIA agent John Kiriakou told ABC News and The Washington Post that the waterboarding of terrorist Abu Zubayda "probably saved lives," although Kiriakou did not participate in the waterboarding and does not support its use.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore looks unlikely to need a recount this Sunday, when the former vice president is heavily favored to win an Oscar for his global warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."The self-described "recovering politician" has become a star in Hollywood. Now some of Gore's biggest fans -- including some in the entertainment world -- are hopeful an Academy Award will boost his chances of entering the 2008 presidential race.
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) - Breaking nearly a week of silence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office Tuesday called allegations of a conflict of interest "nonsense" and said the California Democrat played no role in awarding military contracts that benefited companies owned by her husband.It was reported last week that Feinstein no longer serves on a Senate subcommittee that oversaw military construction.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.