Please join The Atlantic and National Journal for our 12th annual State of the Union Congressional Debrief the morning following President Obama's State of the Union address. The top political minds at The Atlantic and National Journal will provide expert analysis on the President's speech, and will be joined by a star-studded cast for a morning of interviews with Republican and Democratic members of Congress. Established members and newcomers alike will take turns in the hot seat, joining the Atlantic Media team to dissect the President's address and forecast its impact on Congress and the country.
Molly Ball is a staff writer covering U.S. politics at The Atlantic.
Richard Blumenthal is serving his first term as a United States Senator from the State of Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General.
Senator Blumenthal graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. From 1970 to 1976 he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Joaquin Castro represents the Texas Congressional District 20 in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He has also been chosen as 2013 co-President for the House freshman Democrats and named Assistant Whip for House Democrats, charged with assisting in rallying members around important legislation. Castro is active on several boards of education-related, non-profit organizations, including the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) Taskforce on Education. He has degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
U.S Representative Aaron Schock
Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) represents the 18th District of Illinois. Schock currently serves on the House Ways and Means committee and three subcommittees: Trade, Select Revenue Measures and Social Security. Schock also serves on the committee on House Administration and as the Chairman of the Franking Commission. In addition he serves as a Deputy Republican Whip and as a member of the Conference Advisory Committee.
Aaron Schock graduated from Richwoods High School and Rolling Acres Middle School in Peoria. He then graduated from Bradley University in Peoria with a B.S. in Finance (a four year degree) in only two years.
Senator Richard Blumenthal dismisses critics who warn President Obama against executive overreach. "He's using the authority that the legislature has given him," says Blumenthal, "in fact, I'd argue, he should have done this a lot sooner."