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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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Big Tuesday results cement former Vice President Joe Biden's frontrunner status, giving him a seemingly insurmountable lead in delegates over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who announces he isn't dropping out; the coronavirus pandemic affects the race.
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The run up to the Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday and the aftermath of elections that turn the race upside down; experienced Democratic strategists wade through the repercussions.
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In the week of the South Carolina Democratic primary, with Super Tuesday closely following, voters are deciding if there is a viable challenger to Sen. Bernie Sanders; African American voters could bolster former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign.
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All eyes turn to Nevada and its Democratic caucus; Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind.-Vt.) has the chance to cement his frontrunner status, while the others seek to challenge him; the DNC is on the ground in Nevada to make sure this caucus runs smoothly.
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The lead-up to the New Hampshire primary as well as the results and fallout; Sen. Bernie Sanders emerges as the frontrunner; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar make compelling cases for moderates; electability arguments solidify.
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A fumbled Democratic Iowa caucus prevents the typical winnowing of candidates; the stakes of the New Hampshire Democratic primary go way up; President Trump delivers his State of the Union address and gets acquittals on both articles of impeachment.
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In the final week before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic hopefuls make their closing pitches; campaign leaders weigh in on their final sprints; even as his impeachment trial is underway in Washington, D.C., President Trump appears at an Iowa rally.
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The impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest, while the Iowa caucuses are less than two weeks away; with three of the top five presidential hopefuls locked in the Senate chamber hearing testimony, the Iowa race is too close to predict.
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Political analysts examine potential outcomes of the impeachment inquiry by taking the pulse of Congress members, Presidential campaigns, and Trump loyalists.
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A visit to Iowa for the all-important Liberty and Justice Celebration where past Democratic Presidential winners like Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter have broken out from tight races.
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A deep dive into the longtime federal government agencies and bureaucrats involved in Congress' ongoing impeachment inquiry.
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Democrats pursue the impeachment inquiry at an aggressive pace; the President defends his actions; the Democratic 2020 contenders participate in a heated debate.
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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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