Rebecca Delaney

Rebecca Delaney is a TAP Spring 2010 intern.

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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. May co-founded Hollaback five years ago. Now she's back as the organization's executive director and is working to bring the movement into 2010. A new, streamlined website will reorganize Hollaback from disparate local efforts into a cohesive, global one. And there's a Kickstart campaign to help fund a mobile-phone application that will enable women to Hollaback on the go. TAP...

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. It's from James Madison : "The general government is proscribed from interfering, in any manner whatever, in matters respecting religion." Let's not forget about that silly First Amendment, either. Faux-populist, right-wing noise compounded and amplified by the conservative media echo chamber: That's what the Tea Party is, say E.J. Dionne Jr. and Andy Ostroy , both chewing on last week's NYT poll of the so-called grass-roots movement. In other words, Ostroy emphasizes, the Tea baggers are -- shock -- Republicans . Dionne offers a slightly more constructive take . There's nothing new about wealthy, well-educated, white men stamping their...

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. Jason Levin is the best kind of madman. He's the leader of Crash the Tea Party , a group of proud pinkos looking to out-loon Tea Party protesters on Tax Day. Evan McMorris Santoro profiles the man and the movement over at TPM . "Our plan is not to shout them down," said Levin, "but to infiltrate them and push them farther from the mainstream." So it's like Levin and company are throwing a tea party, but adding hemlock to the brew. As for how successful this will be? We'll see. When you've got folks calling the president a Kenyan-born, secret-Muslim-communist and sporting signs like these , you'...

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. What will it take, and why does it matter? The Prospect talked to Pedro de la Torre III, advocacy senior associate and higher education expert with Campus Progress, about SAFRA and the fight to improve students' access to affordable education. Campus Progress has come out in staunch support of passing the SAFRA through budget reconciliation. Why...

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. Mark Parkinson of Kansas signs off on the law, his state will be the first to prohibit the drug. New drug bans run counter to the message of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a coalition of current and former criminal-justice professionals. The group's main goals are to educate the public about the failures of drug prohibition and to repair the damage that the drug war has done to people's perceptions of police. They believe all drugs should be legalized and regulated. The Prospect asked LEAP member and former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper a few questions about liberalizing drug policy, K2, and what fake pot suggests about a misguided...