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Justin Talbot Zorn
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Justin Talbot Zorn serves as Legislative Director to US Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL). In this role, he advises the Congresswoman on legislative strategy, communications, intergovernmental affairs, foreign policy, and economic policy. He most recently served as Legislative Director in the Office of Representative Hansen Clarke (D-MI), where he spearheaded legislation including a major student loan finance overhaul and a comprehensive economic redevelopment plan for the City of Detroit.

Justin is a founder of Banaa.org, an organization that provides scholarship opportunities to talented Sudanese refugees working to implement strategies for peace in their homeland. His advocacy and writing have been featured in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Detroit Free Press, and The Orlando Sentinel, where he was a regular opinion contributor on foreign affairs from 2005 to 2008. Justin held a Fulbright Scholarship in Singapore in 2008-2009, where he researched long-range planning in public policy.

Justin completed a Masters in Public Policy as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is also a graduate of Oxford University, where he received a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy as the 2009 JB and Maurice Shapiro Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University, where he was a Gamow Fellow. He enjoys playing blues guitar and tries his best to meditate every morning.

Entries by Justin Talbot Zorn

A Post-GDP World? How to Measure Real Progress in America

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Co-authored by Ben Beachy

Momentum is quickly building to redefine, restructure, or replace the statistical measure that has long served as the unofficial "headline indicator" of progress in the United States: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is good news. GDP, as we currently know...

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How Left and Right Can Unite to Fight Unemployment

(50) Comments | Posted December 25, 2013 | 3:56 PM

There's been an intriguing development in this otherwise dreary political year: On big issues ranging from NSA spying and Syria to Farm Subsidies and Too-Big-To-Fail Banks, unlikely Tea Party/Progressive coalitions have shifted the balance of power in Washington. Still, on the issue...

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The Sequester Idea: As Republican as Tax Cuts and Ted Nugent

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 5:07 PM

This week, as across-the-board budget cuts are set to slash programs both Republicans and Democrats hold dear, there's a fierce debate raging in Washington.

But the debate is not over how to avert the dreaded cuts: It's about who's to blame.

While President Obama continues to argue that...

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Engineering an Economic Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Over the weekend, White House officials announced that the leading theme of the President's State of the Union address will be making America a "magnet for jobs and manufacturing."

If this sounds like the theme of every recent State of the Union, it's for good reason: The...

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Engineering an Economic Recovery

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Over the weekend, White House officials announced that the leading theme of the president's State of the Union address will be making America a "magnet for jobs and manufacturing."

If this sounds like the theme of every recent State of the Union, it's for good reason: The...

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The Progressive Case for Moving Backward

(16) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 12:18 PM

2011 is 1968 in reverse.

As political scientist Ivan Krastev put it: "the students on the street [in 1968]... declared their desire to live in a world different from the world of their parents. Now students are on the street to declare their desire to live in...

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