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
(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, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fed up with what they see as poor management and a lack of support for those on the frontline, U.S. Border Patrol agents Monday announced a lack of confidence in their leadership.Amid rallies in Washington D.C. focusing on illegal immigration, leaders of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) - the union representing the country's 11,000 non-supervisory border agents - announced it had cast a unanimous no-confidence vote in U.S. Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite controversies, protests, and the principal's ouster, the Kahlil Gibran International Academy, an Arab language and culture school, is set to open in Brooklyn next week for about 60 sixth-grade students.Yet opponents of the school, who fear it will promote Islam, are still fighting to keep the academy from opening.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American soldiers died in higher numbers during some of the peace-time years in the 1980s than in recent years when the military has fought conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a government report on casualty rates. Further, the number of annual U.S. military deaths for the last three years is just slightly above the average annual death toll in the 1990s.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American companies can expect proposals mandating increased wages and health care, a boost in union membership and greater scrutiny of trade agreements, a key Democrat promised Wednesday.It's all part of the new Democratic congressional majority's agenda to reduce what Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) calls "inequality" that inhibits economic growth.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A man who shot and killed five people and seriously injured four others at a Utah shopping mall Tuesday before being shot dead by police was a Muslim refugee from Bosnia, according to immigration officials.Police have said 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic, a legal permanent resident living with his mother, had four minor incidents with police when he was younger, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. However, police did not know what the motive for the shooting was as of Wednesday. Also, he apparently did not know any of the people he had killed.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Monica Ramos is trying to hold on to her home while working as an administrative assistant and raising three boys -- ages 14, 9 and 7 -- who are having trouble adjusting to their father's enforced absence.Patty Compean's three children are also trying to adjust to living without their father since January. Her 12-year-old daughter is no longer making the honor roll at school, while her 3-year-old son has become more anxious, and she's struggling to raise a 7-month-old baby. Moreover, the family had to sell their house to pay for legal expenses.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Building a fence across the entire 1,952-mile border of the United States and Mexico can be done, with only two requirements needed, according to engineers."All it takes is time and money," said Brian Damkroger, senior manager for border security and exploratory systems at the New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The current process of confirming federal judges is harming the judiciary, said Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the most scrutinized members of the U.S. Supreme Court. "We are doing great damage," he said in a Q&A segment following his speech Thursday before the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers, in Washington, D.C. "I fear how much damage we're going to do to our judiciary. I don't know when it will collapse under the weight of what we're doing, but I think it has to at some point."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The gap between rich and poor -- a rallying cry for some congressional Democrats wanting to increase mandates on business -- isn't really growing that much, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.From 2001 to 2005 -- the last year data was available -- there was virtually no statistical change in income inequality, based on a statistical test by the Census Bureau, requested and released by Congress's Joint Economic Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two years ago President Bush and Saudi Arabia's then Crown Prince Abdullah jointly called for a greater exchange of students, but recent revelations of a terror plot and a history of lax screening have raised concerns about the nearly 10,000 Saudis in the United States on student visas.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When John Hawkins wrote on his blog that the Bush administration "has shown themselves to be utterly and completely politically incompetent," it was not another instance of a left-wing blogger attacking the president.Hawkins' popular blog is, in fact, called rightwingnews.com, and the sentiment expressed evidently reflects the views of some conservatives and political analysts in the months since the Democrats took control of Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
Application form for a State Department-issued Diversity Visa.(CNSNews.com) - The State Department's "Diversity Visa Program" is so prone to fraud that it is an "open door" through which terrorists can enter the United States legally,
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes quote in 16th paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - The allegasd Mexican drug smuggler shot by Border Patrol agents as he tried to dodge arrest in 2005 will appear in federal court in El Paso, Texas, on Friday afternoon.Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, 27, was arrested Thursday on a drug smuggling offense at a U.S. port of entry. A federal grand jury handed down a sealed indictment on Oct. 17. Aldrete was granted immunity in 2005 in exchange for testifying against ex-border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.