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) - On Oct. 10, 2004, 70-year-old Linda Beckman went to jail overnight for publicly objecting to a homosexual rights rally in Philadelphia, an action that violated Pennsylvania's hate crimes law.The grandmother of 10, who was one of 11 people arrested during a counter-protest, has now joined forces with social conservative groups in hopes of preventing a similar law from being enacted at a federal level.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For those who support it, it offers the reward of "carbon neutrality" without having to lower one's standard of living. To critics, it allows guilt-free pollution. Either way, the burgeoning carbon offset industry needs more oversight, say two members of Congress. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office, Republican Reps. Tom Davis of Virginia and Darrell Issa of California asked for an investigation into emission offset programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his House counterpart, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), seem to be the most vexed members of Congress regarding the Bush administration's claims of executive privilege.Yet Leahy and Conyers showed far less outrage during the previous administration, said Ken Boehm, executive director of the National Legal Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid a new push by Democrats in Congress to regulate talk radio -- a medium dominated by conservatives -- a Republican House member has introduced a measure aimed at undercutting those plans.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - At least two lawsuits aim to strike down the New York state policy of granting driver's license to illegal aliens. New York Democratic Gov. Elliott Spitzer pushed the policy, enacted last month, as a "common sense change" to give illegal aliens "the opportunity to obtain a driver license in a responsible and secure manner."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - The bleachers were packed, the gymnasium floor was crammed, and hundreds more waited outside in a long line as loudspeakers blasted the song, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," when Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois arrived Saturday morning at Nashua North High School. The crowd of more than 1,000 chanted "O-ba-ma" and stomped their feet as the presidential hopeful came to the stage. Joking about the large number of people outside, Obama said, "We need a bigger boat."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Alan McConnell of Silver Spring, Md., stood near the Lincoln Memorial, the starting point for the "March on the Pentagon" Saturday, selling little green "Impeach Bush" buttons for a dollar each. The proceeds, he said, would go toward making big green "Impeach Bush" yard signs. In the first hour at the rally, he made $150 in sales from the anti-war crowd that numbered in the thousands, all braving the windy, 30-degree weather in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay criticized likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain - and by extension some of the more conservative members of Congress - by calling McCain's 2003 vote against the Medicare prescription drug plan a non-conservative vote.DeLay made his remarks in an interview with Cybercast News Service at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Scandals of the past year are clear evidence that Congress cannot police itself, in the view of advocates arguing for an independent panel to probe wrongdoing in the House and Senate."The real question is, are you going to address the fundamental flaws with the ethics problems?" Meredith McGehee, policy director for the Campaign Legal Center, asked while addressing the Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Well before it was clear that Democrats would regain both houses of Congress in 2006, the heads of two key bodies within the party were at odds over spending priorities, a rift some analysts believe may play a role in the 2008 race if Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) emerges as the candidate.In the run-up to the November election, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and then head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Rahm Emanuel butted heads.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Weeks before announcing a $300-million, three-year advertising campaign to raise awareness about global warming, Al Gore was conducting a slide show for a group of investors in Monterey, Calif., touting companies such as Bloom Energy, Amryis , Mascoma and other firms that are not household names -- yet.These bio-fuel and green technology firms could be poised to take off, Gore told his audience.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - NBC News engaged in "deceitful editing" of an interview with President George W. Bush, a chief White House aide has charged. White House Counsel Ed Gillespie wrote a letter to the president of NBC News on Monday asking the network to correct the record on an interview between reporter Richard Engel and Bush. Gillespie also described the editing of the interview -- shown on both the "NBC Nightly News" and NBC's "Today" -- as "utterly misleading and irresponsible."
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On March 1, 1976, The Washington Post declared an end to the pressmen's strike, replacing its striking workers with non-union press operators. But that major chapter in the newspaper's remarkable history had not come to a complete end. A month after the strike was over, at least one former unionized pressman continuously sent threatening letters to Post publisher Katherine Graham and other executives at the paper. He later sent later poems warning that their "empire would crumble."
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) was named "Porker of the Year" for 2007 on Wednesday by the taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).The organization, which promotes fiscal responsibility and federal earmarks reform, conducted an online poll of 3,400 people about members of Congress. The often controversial Murtha, chairman of the House subcommittee on defense appropriations, won with 63.4 percent of the votes cast, according to CAGW.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anne Franklin of Fort Worth, Texas, said she became enamored with Hillary Rodham Clinton back when Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas.Franklin describes her experience of the last few months as getting up early and staying up late, doing volunteer work aimed at helping Clinton win the Democratic presidential nomination. Federal Election Commission records show Franklin donated $2,300 to Clinton's campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A page for Muslim supporters of Sen. Barack Obama -- hosted on Obama's presidential campaign Web site -- promotes events sponsored by controversial Islamic groups. Muslim Americans for Obama '08, found on Obama's main campaign site, allows users to create their own page through a "My Obama" option. The Muslim Americans for Obama page also links to a Web site that features lectures by people who have expressed radical Islamic views in the past.
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.