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) - Even though it says it processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on a first-come-first-serve basis, the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library has answered multiple requests related to Unidentified Flying Objects made in late February 2006 but not any of the requests made a month earlier by USA Today. The so-far unanswered FOIA requests focus on issues such as the 1993 health care task force headed by then-first lady Hillary Clinton, the Marc Rich pardon, and the Clinton administration's tracking of Osama bin Laden.
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) - The second Republican presidential debate was packed with more fireworks, as candidates faced off and questioned the conservative credentials of their opponents. One sharp round involved former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who questioned each other's conservative credentials.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than 30 members of Congress, or their spouses, invest in companies that do business in countries that the U.S. government says sponsor terrorists, a Cybercast News Service investigation has established.Financial disclosure forms show that Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) -- one of the leading national security experts in Congress -- has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in nine corporations listed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as doing or having done business with a terror-sponsoring state.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York seemed to straddle the issue when she was asked whether she supported a plan by New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Nashua, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - Before introducing his wife at a rally here this morning, former President Bill Clinton was dismissive of the Iowa caucus results, where his wife came in third place, nine points behind Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, and called on New Hampshire to make an "independent judgment."
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
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a prominent Mitt Romney supporter, called on Republicans and conservatives to rally behind Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). About an hour before DeMint's speech, Romney had announced he was exiting the campaign race for the GOP presidential nomination.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If unscientific online polls were a determining factor, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas would easily be a top tier candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. But they aren't -- and he isn't. Despite coming in first place in a post-debate poll on MSNBC and in other online surveys, Paul hovers around two percent or less in surveys conducted by Gallup, Harris, Zogby and other leading polling firms.
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."
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has failed for the third time to provide records to federal investigators conducting a probe into how the agency tracked falsely certified airplane mechanics.
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.