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Presidential elections in America always garner a lot of media coverage, but the 2016 campaign is bringing new meaning to the phrase "media circus" thanks to the presence of media-friendly Republican hopeful Donald Trump. The campaign really builds up steam as the calendar flips from 2015 to 2016, which is when this real-time docuseries begins its look at the campaigns of Trump, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and others vying for a chance to spend at least four years in the White House. The series follows key characters and stories from the campaigns, providing behind-the-scenes access into a world the public rarely sees in its weekly half-hour episodes. Executive producers of "The Circus" include political analysts/authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann ("Game Change").

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A look at the president, the whistleblowers and the 2020 candidates; Jennifer Palmieri, a veteran of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Bill Clinton White House, joins the hosts.
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Cross-country coverage of the rapidly-evolving impeachment story; the White House and others react to the impeachment inquiry and findings.
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Democratic congressional leaders and prominent Republicans discuss the official impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
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The leading Democratic presidential candidates try to get their message out, while the party debates what it will take to beat Trump; the President faces an unprecedented number of Republican primary challengers.
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President Trump wages a three-front war over the future of his presidency; he battles Congress over his national emergency declaration; he faces Democratic challengers; the president braces for the release of the Mueller report.
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Taking a deep dive into the Democratic party; there is a movement to tack left towards more progressive policies, but, on the other hand, many feel that the best way to convert Trump voters in 2020 is to move towards the center.
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It's an action-packed week for President Trump on two fronts, creating a split-screen effect; the president travels to Vietnam to meet with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and the president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testifies before Congress.
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Comparing and contrasting various perceived national emergencies, from the border wall to gun violence, opioids and climate change; covering people on the front lines of each one.
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The 2020 election is looming large in the capital; following declared and potential candidates Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke; tracking ongoing news of the potential government shutdown, the border wall battle and the Green New Deal.
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President Donald Trump weighs declaring a state of emergency at the border; the House Intelligence Committee ramps up investigations of Trump on multiple fronts and collaborates with Robert Mueller's team.
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The list of former allies who are turning on Donald Trump grows daily and the Mueller investigation continues; the President's increasing vulnerability has led to a bumper crop of potential 2020 challengers, all hoping to be the one to unseat him.
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As a Democratic majority in the House puts a check on the Trump presidency, the second half of his term has begun with total gridlock, a government shutdown and federal workers lining up for free hot meals.
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A special one-hour season finale all about the midterms: before, during and after; the run-up to election day, watching the returns come in, Trump's reaction and the fallout from the historic election.
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With the midterm elections only days away, The Circus travels to rallies and campaign stops around the country to find out how both sides are pulling out all the stops to win these all-important races.
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As undertones of racial politics make news, the series travels to Florida and Georgia to follow two historic gubernatorial races with African-American candidates.
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As the battle for the Senate heats up with polls forecasting a Republican resurgence, "The Circus" travels the country charting the shifting dynamics in three of the closest races: Arizona, Nevada and North Dakota.
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The Circus travels to California to gauge the resistance to the Trump administration; with almost a dozen Republican-held house seats in serious contention, any potential blue wave in the midterm elections will begin here.
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The emphasis remains squarely on the Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga; as the midterm elections draw nearer, the hosts delve into the ramifications of the confirmation's outcome on various U.S. Senate races around the country.
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The focus remains tightly on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court; for much of the week, John Heilemann is embedded with attorney Michael Avenatti, who may just have the most explosive revelations of all.
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As Republicans and Democrats play a game of chess in the wake of the assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, all eyes are on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
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With the looming midterm elections, the Trump presidency under siege and Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast, Washington has a lot on its collective plate; John Heilemann interviews Steve Bannon.

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