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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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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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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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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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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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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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