Rebecca Delaney

Rebecca Delaney is a TAP Spring 2010 intern.

Recent Articles

Hollaback Moves Forward

The new executive director of Hollaback talks about helping the movement go forward with a new mobile app, and a new mission.

Hollaback executive director Emily May.

Lewd shouts on the street, grabby hands on the bus: Most women familiar with city living know what it's like to be harassed by strangers. Want revenge? Emily May is on a mission to make sure there's an app for that.

May just took the helm as executive director of Hollaback an organization offering women and LGBT people a bold way to respond to street harassment. The concept -- which blossomed in New York City and spread worldwide -- is simple. If you're harassed, Hollaback. Take a picture of the creep, write a quick story about it, and post it online. That way the world knows you don't have to stand for it.

Lightning Round: End the Washington Monument.

  • The founders would've scoffed at separation of church and state. Thus speaketh Sarah Palin: "Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our Founding Fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life." Personal faith of the Founders aside, try mulling this quote over, Ms. Palin.

Lightning Round: Kill a Party/Resurrect It.

  • Julian Sanchez disembowels The American Spectator's Daniel Oliver for his curiously terrible take on The New York Times' coverage of the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal. Oliver's beef? The Times is bowing to the vast homosexual conspiracy scientific consensus. It's OK, Mr. Oliver. Sometimes I forget that being gay is not the same as being a pedophile, too. No, no, wait. That never happens.

The Academy of Debt

Everyone's focused on health care, but a critical student-loan reform effort might pass through budget reconciliation soon, too.


Most people know the final health-care battle will play out in the Senate budget reconciliation process, but there's another key Obama administration goal whose fate depends on the arcane process: student-loan reform. In September, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), a bill that would kill subsidies for private lenders, expand the federal direct-lending program, and channel the money saved into bolstered Pell grants for low-income students. Because further delay could doom SAFRA, its success will likely require bundling it with health care and passing it through reconciliation -- and that might not be easy.

The Fake Weed Fight

TAP talks to a former police chief who thinks drugs should be legal about new efforts to ban a pot substitute.

With more states debating whether marijuana should be legalized for medical use, and with many on the West Coast considering broader legalization measures, drug-policy reformers finally seem to be winning some arguments. Just not in Kansas and Missouri, where lawmakers are in a frenzy to outlaw a new pot-imposter drug dubbed "K2." If Gov.