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) - 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) - 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
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
(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) - 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
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) - who voted against both of President Bush's previous nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court - suggested in a 2003 letter to the president that federal Judge Michael Mukasey, as a potential nominee, would be "ideologically moderate."Schumer, who led the successful push by Democrats to oust Alberto Gonzalez as attorney general, now supports Mukasey's nomination by Bush to lead the Justice Department.
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
Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - Experience trumped change for both parties Tuesday, as Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary. Contrary to the polls, Sen. Clinton (N.Y.) defeated Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), the winner of the Iowa caucuses, with 39 percent of the vote to Obama's 36 percent. Exit polls showed Clinton with strong support from women, seniors, unions and lower-income households.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) allegedly failed to report his position in a family foundation in his financial disclosure form, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After a Washington-based conservative group called him the worst state attorney general in the country, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he felt proud. "I regard this title as a badge of honor -- recognizing my relentless fights against big tobacco, air polluters, environmental law breakers and monopolistic predators," Blumenthal said.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - They all agreed on cutting taxes; all but one agreed on the importance of sticking it out in Iraq; and most of the candidates invoked President Ronald Reagan's legacy in trying to sell themselves to voters at their first debate of the campaign season Thursday night.During the debate, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and aired on MSNBC, Arizona Sen. John McCain, often criticized by conservatives, spoke about how his party has lost its way when it comes to fiscal conservatism.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) is convicted in a federal bribery and corruption scandal, he will still enjoy a taxpayer-supported congressional pension of $53,000 a year.That's less than the up to $64,000 received each year by former Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.), who is now serving a federal prison term for bribery, conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and tax evasion.And Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), who pleaded guilty to mail fraud, is reaping the fattest retirement among convicted former congressmen -- $126,000 a year.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has responded to Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) assertion that it isn't the responsibility of the United States to prevent a bloodbath in Iraq if U.S. troops withdraw from that country as soon as Democrats want them to. Murtha, in a speech at the National Press Club on Monday, said that a quick U.S. exit may lead to "chaos and bloodbath." He also said that "if they [the Iraqis] continue to choose to spill blood, it will not be on the conscience of the United States."
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
(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) - A former Democrat who has not voted for the party's presidential candidates since John F. Kennedy was on the ballot wants America to know what it means to be a conservative - and bought a full-page ad in The Washington Post Tuesday to talk about it. Philanthropist and retired titanium executive George J. Essef Sr. paid for the ad, which appeared under the headline "Let's Set the Record Straight."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Sen. John Kerry promotes his new book on the dangers of global warming, he's been running up an average electric bill of $1,100 a month at his federal-style red-brick townhouse on Louisburg Square in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. That's according to the Massachusetts Democrat's utility company, NStar, one of many utility companies across the nation whose operators provide information about the average monthly electric bill for any given address.