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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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Donald Trump is declared the Republican presidential nominee; Melania Trump delivers a controversial speech; Tiffany and Donald, Jr., help humanize Trump's image.
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Trump auditions Chris Christie, Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich for vice president; Clinton considers Tim Kaine.
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While the nation celebrates Independence Day, Trump and Clinton engage in their own fireworks; Clinton's email scandal re-emerges; Trump has another faux-pas.
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Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon reflect on the first twelve weeks of the 2016 presidential race.
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Before a showdown in Wisconsin, candidates travel the state to pursue competing agendas; Kasich, Cruz and Sanders seek to secure their positions as spoilers.
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Foreign policy becomes a hot topic following the attacks in Brussels; Trump and Clinton prepare to square off, but must still prove their presidential mettle.
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Rubio gets trumped in Florida and high hopes are needed to pull off a win.
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Rubio, Kasich and Sanders hope they can find success in Florida and Ohio, and gather enough momentum to force a brokered convention.
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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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Following big wins for the front runners on Super Tuesday, the other candidates come to terms with the results; both Democratic and Republican camps consider how to stop Donald Trump.
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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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