Welcome to the State of the Union liveblog, we'll be your guides. A passel of Atlantic writers will be compiling the news and the chatter of the day in advance of President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, then live-blogging the speech and responses from Republican Reps. Paul Ryan (Wisc.) and Michele Bachmann (Minn.). Joining me for the day's journey will be Josh Green, J.J. Gould and Chris Good.

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