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.
Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.