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, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Lott's latest book, "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't, praises free enterprise and scolds government ineptitude in certain areas.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Michelle Obama on Friday helped her husband reach out to a key group of voters who eluded him during the primary season: women.Speaking to an overwhelmingly female crowd of more than 1,000 Friday, Mrs. Obama said she and her husband could relate to the concerns of working families more than other politicians."When will our leaders not only support but champion the cause of working families?" asked the candidate's wife.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Criticism leveled at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has focused primarily on its sources of funding and on terror-related convictions handed to some office-bearers in the organization.The most controversial organization with a known affiliation to CAIR was the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, shut down in 2001 when the U.S. Treasury Department froze its assets after alleging it provided funding to Hamas.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Lott's latest book, "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't," praises free enterprise and scolds government ineptitude in certain areas.Lott, an economist and senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, stoked controversy in the past with his book "More Guns, Less Crime." And in his latest, he doesn't shy away from tackling contentious issues, such as election reform, problematic public schools, the apparent link between abortion and crime and affirmative action.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - The campaign managers for presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama spoke behind closed doors to more than 100 members of a national Hispanic organization on Wednesday.According to attendees, McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, said his candidate wanted to secure the borders before enacting comprehensive immigration reform that would include a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens currently in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. transcended political lines, said African-American conservatives who honored him Monday.The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) held a reception in New York City that also featured a notable human rights activist. Somalia-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali received the Martin Luther King Heroes Award for her activism. Ali, a former Dutch lawmaker, faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of Islamic fundamentalism and has since moved to the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the day a controversial Arab culture school opened in Brooklyn, a coalition gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to voice their opposition, expressing concerns about Islamic indoctrination and demanding more transparency from city officials.The Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) opened to about 60 sixth graders in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It plans to expand its classrooms for grades 6-12 over the next several years, but opponents don't want to even see the school open for another year.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The political climate isn't good for scientists with dissenting views on global warming, leaving some researchers to fear that honest research could be blackballed in favor of promoting a "consensus" view. A dispute erupted this week in Oregon, where Gov. Ted Kulongoski is considering firing the state's climatologist George Taylor, who has said human activity isn't the chief cause of global climate change.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.), the only Republican senator to criticize conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh - and who faces a 2008 challenge for his seat from failed liberal talk radio host Al Franken - warned against government regulation of talk radio on Thursday. However, he did not retract his criticism of Limbaugh. The issue of the Fairness Doctrine was raised again this week as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats took to the Senate floor to blast Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Stem cell scientist Prof. James Sherley has lost 14 pounds this month, living on nothing but bottled water and vitamins -- and he's not on a diet.Rather, Sherley is on a hunger strike against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's refusal to give him tenure, and he sits outside the school's provost office each day from 9 a.m. until noon.The controversy extends beyond the Boston campus, involving not only the sensitive subject of race, but also issues of academic freedom and the morality of embryonic stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three states this year have passed laws requiring sixth-grade girls to be inoculated against a sexually transmitted disease. Now, government documents show that eight deaths and more than 3,000 adverse reactions were reported after the vaccine, Gardasil, was administered.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For the rough and tumble National Football League, a recruitment ad for the U.S. Border Patrol was deemed "too hard-hitting."The agency tasked to protect the land and sea borders of the United States sought to buy print advertising in the 242-page program for Super Bowl XLI, sold at the stadium on game day and over the Internet. The program featured articles on the teams and players, interspersed among ads for credit cards, beer, soft drinks, hotels and laundry detergent.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since June 2006, when the HPV vaccine Gardasil was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, there have been 28 reported cases in which pregnant women miscarried after receiving the vaccine.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Correction: Changes reference to Texas A&M University to Southern Methodist University in the 12th paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - When Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke at Pasadena College last fall only one California newscast initially carried his remark that if young people aren't properly educated they could "get stuck in Iraq."Baffled by the Kerry comment and lack of interest by most other media, radio talk show host John Ziegler played it on his program on KFI in Los Angeles over and over.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations still has a lot of cleaning up to do, according to government reports released last week. Those reports coincides with a Senate hearing about alleged U.N. bungling that might have helped fund North Korea's weapons programs.A new General Accountability Office (GAO) report focuses largely on reforms implemented at the U.N. since the "oil for food" scandal.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of the nation's elite law firms are violating civil rights law to pander to corporate clients, according to a report that focused on the role of affirmative action in the legal community Tuesday. The report, completed by Curt Levey - executive director of the Committee for Justice, states that a number of Fortune 500 companies push their corporate law firms to hire more women and minorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has no regrets about his proposal requiring sixth grade girls to get a vaccine protecting them from a sexually transmitted disease, even though reports surfaced that some vaccine recipients suffered miscarriages while others had numbness or paralysis after the vaccine was administered.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If global warming activist Al Gore has his way, Americans will over the next several years face tougher vehicle emission standards, a freeze on carbon emissions, a moratorium on coal, a ban on incandescent light bulbs, a government requirement that corporations disclose carbon emissions to shareholders, ratification of an international treaty to reverse global warming - and a carbon tax.This is the message the former vice president and Academy Award winner brought Wednesday to Capitol Hill, where his arrival caused quite a stir.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout himself, is now the father of an Eagle Scout. And that's just one reason it worries him to see the Boy Scouts of America under attack. He described the Boy Scouts organization as a moral beacon for the rest of the country, adding that's why it has become a target for the secular left.