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 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) - 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) - 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, 8:24 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - In the last week of October 2007, there were 30 attacks on U.S. soldiers in the Anbar province of Iraq, just one-tenth as many as the previous year, according to U.S. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who spoke at a conference on the war on Wednesday. He further noted that civilian deaths in Iraq have fallen by 70 percent in less than a year, and by November 2007, the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq had dropped to their lowest level since 2004.The surge has worked and continues to work, said Odierno.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Massachusetts provides state-subsidized health care for families with incomes up to $106,812 under the most recent adjustments made to the plan this month, but Massachusetts officials do not know how many people earning that much, or any other amount, are receiving subsidized care.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the tax filing deadline approaches - April 17, 2008 - some lawmakers would like to see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provide a more direct Web portal for taxpayers to file taxes, despite problems with the agency's ability to safeguard taxpayer information.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - William F. Buckley, Jr. changed American politics and culture to a degree that many would call him incomparable. Still, Henry Kissinger found a comparison when commemorating Buckley at a crowded St. Patrick's Cathedral Friday."He wrote as Mozart composed, with inspiration. Bill never needed a second draft," Kissinger, a former secretary of state, said during the memorial service for the icon of conservatism, journalism and politics. "Bill Buckley's conservatism is about the liberation of the human spirit," Kissinger said.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Wall Street investors concerned their dollars might end up in the hands of terror-sponsoring governments can now rely on a "terror-free index" for guidance. Such a stock index could spark a growing market as 19 states either have passed or have pending legislation to divest public employee pension funds from companies that do business in countries such as Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Cuba: the five countries listed by the U.S. State Department as sponsoring terror.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Mexican national who was the star witness in a controversial prosecution that resulted in the sentencing of two Border Patrol agents to more than a decade in prison pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges in federal court Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A first class stamp goes up to 42 cents next month, but it may not make much difference to an agency that lost $5 billion last year.The use of more private contractors is considered by some analysts to be the best cost-cutting option for the U.S. Postal Service, but it's an option that some members of Congress want to restrict even though private contracting has been used since 1785.Advocates who want to limit the U.S. Postal Service's use of private contracting say that it hinders mail delivery service and puts customers at security risk.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A fundraising controversy involving Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate run that has moved through California's courts for about five years probably will have no effect on the presidential race, given the latest court ruling. Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz of Los Angeles ruled Friday that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, will not have to be deposed in the fraud lawsuit brought by Hollywood businessman Peter F. Paul against former President Bill Clinton until after the November 2008 elections.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal employees could have the option of taking their pension dollars out of companies working in countries that sponsor terrorism, under a Senate bill that follows a trend among state government pension plans over the last two years.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will not make available to the public the documents that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger illegally took from the National Archives in 2003.A letter from the library said the total 502 pages from the Millennium Alert After Action Review (MAAR) are "restricted in their entirety," under federal law and that the documents are "classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."