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.

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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
(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.
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) - 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
(CNSNews.com) - Some of the presidential fundraising numbers are in. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appear to be the big winners. But the race is still wide open among the top White House hopefuls, experts 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
(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) - Shortly after a segment on the popular show "America's Most Wanted" Saturday featured the story of two Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a Mexican suspected drug dealer, one of the agents was badly assaulted by fellow inmates in his Mississippi prison.Ignacio Ramos had been preparing to go to bed at the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Miss., when four inmates attacked him, kicked him in the head, the side and the shoulders with steel-toed boots, Ramos' attorney David Botsford told Cybercast News Service.
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) - 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.