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Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter is a social media production assistant on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to joining NPR, he was a social media curator at The Hill and was previously an intern on NPR's social media desk during the 2016 presidential election. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and was editor-in-chief of its student newspaper, the College Heights Herald.

Brandon is from the small town of Fulton, Ky., which was once known as the "Banana Capital of the World."

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President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. He's expected to deliver a bipartisan message themed around "choosing greatness," while outlining what the White House calls a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind."

Presents were exchanged, carols were sung, and the political news cycle kept on churning over the Christmas holiday.

The time surrounding Christmas and New Year's Day saw the partial government shutdown begin, the stock market take a tumble (then recover), and President Trump make a secret holiday visit to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.

As 2019 begins, here's a look at what you may have missed over the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The service is set to feature multiple members of the Bush family, including a eulogy from former President George W. Bush, the late president's eldest child, and readings from three of the 41st president's granddaughters.

Here's a look at the sprawling Bush family.

The children