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, 8:24 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, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge said Monday that prosecutors overreacted in pursuing a case against two ex-Border Patrol agents who shot a suspected Mexican drug smuggler in the buttocks and tried to cover it up.The now famous case of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, convicted and sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively, was argued in front of a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the town of Bemidji, Minn., more high school seniors attend classes at the community college than go to the high school across the street.It's just one example of how Minnesota leads the nation in pushing early college, says Lewis Andrews, executive director of the Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank in Hartford, Conn.Andrews would like to see all states provide scholarships for students who graduate high school in three years so they can start college early.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A paid Mexican informer for the U.S. government who worked in an undercover operation targeting a major narcotics cartel allegedly went off the rails and was involved in more than a dozen murders.Amid allegations of a bungled investigation and an accompanying cover-up, at least one member of Congress is calling for hearings into the matter (see related story).
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Army vehicle controversial since it was conceived in the late 1990s is facing mounting scrutiny from military experts and a leading government watchdog amid a recent spike of American casualties in Iraq.The Stryker Light Armored Vehicle, manufactured by General Dynamics, was designed as a fast, medium-weight combat vehicle that can be airlifted into combat zones. It was originally intended as a key component to a more nimble and mobile Army.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Combat-related deaths in Iraq have taken a noticeable drop in the last 12 months and have also hit the lowest point in more than a year, according to the September casualty count provided by the Pentagon. Overall, the numbers seem to indicate that the "surge" policy is reducing the number of U.S. casualties and lessening the amount of violence in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two Democrats and one Republican introduced a House resolution Thursday calling for the release of two jailed ex-Border Patrol agents by Christmas. The former agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, were sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively in federal prison for shooting and wounding a suspected illegal alien drug smuggler in the rear."President Bush can correct a gross miscarriage of justice with the stroke of a pen," said Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored a resolution to commute the sentences of the two men.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A significant majority of Americans don't believe the federal government is doing enough to promote English as the country's preeminent language, according to a Zogby International Poll released Tuesday. The poll comes as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich adds his voice to calls for Congress to pass a bill to make English the official language.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The deplorable conditions reported at the Walter Reed Medical Center appear to be providing Democrats with a leverage point to prove they support the troops, and several Democratic presidential aspirants Thursday called for stronger oversight of military hospitals.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes comment from T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council.) (CNSNews.com) - The Senate will hold a hearing next week on the controversial case of two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to more than a decade each in prison for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security next Tuesday will look into the circumstances surrounding the prosecution and sentencing of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -The federal government is currently conducting more than 60 "stolen valor" investigations of individuals suspected of making false claims about their military records, according to the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and about 30 people nationwide have been arrested in the past year for crimes related to falsifying a military record.Stolen valor typically occurs when someone falsifies documents or produces medals and awards from the military they didn't earn in order to qualify for veterans benefits.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney suggested there was no way a landscaping company that worked for him could have known its employees were illegal aliens even though the federal government has an employer verification system that any employer in America, on a voluntary basis, can use for free.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The federal prosecutor who helped convict two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to more than a decade in jail for shooting a suspected drug smuggler who illegally crossed the border from Mexico understands why the case stirred public outrage. However, he attributes the anger to the portrayal of the case by the news media and said the media version "is unfortunately not the narrative the jury heard" before convicting the two.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Congress considers how to deal with the illegal immigration issue, conservatives on Saturday discussed how they are handling the debate within their own movement."Powerful business interest want cheap labor and they found a loophole -- not in the law, but in the federal government's lack of enforcement," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said during a forum on immigration at the Conservative Political Action Conference.