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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 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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The Trump administration copes with a high number of crises, and "spinning" them is a preoccupation; former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) discusses trying to govern during a public relations crisis; political advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark Fabiani.
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The gloves come off as Donald Trump fights a 360-degree battle to keep the presidency; he takes shots at those who stand to threaten it and goes to war against the FBI, CIA and the Department of Justice.
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Taking the nation's temperature on the president's performance, midterm elections and gun control; featuring interviews with Mitt Romney, Randy "Iron Stache" Bryce and Beto O'Rourke.
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State visits by the heads of France and Germany command the administration's attention; John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon talk with Wendy Sherman, architect of the Iran deal; Alex Wagner interviews the imam behind the travel-ban challenge.
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A swirl of legal entanglements continues to surround President Trump; from the ongoing Mueller investigation to the Michael Cohen raid and subsequent hearing to James Comey's inflammatory book, the Trump presidency is under siege.
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Tensions between the United States and Russia are ratcheting up; John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and new host Alex Wagner explore the global politics of this dangerous new Cold War.
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Washington insiders review acts performed during President Trump's first 100 days.
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Examining what President Trump has learned his first 100 days in the office; congress reconvenes; Wall Street's perspective on Trump's time in office.
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The Democrats' resistance of Trump; Elizabeth Warren talks about standing strong; Bernie Sanders discusses taking his message to the people; what resistance means to Americans.
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Congress in recess; the Syria fallout; how Americans think of President Trump's handling of the Syria situation.
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American foreign policy; President Trump's military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and its impact on Russian relations.
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The opinions of people outside the Beltway of President Trump; Mark Halperin discusses his findings with Mary Matalin in New Orleans.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) discusses Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks about Trump's ties to Russia; Joe Biden enters the fray surrounding the healthcare bill.
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Mark Halperin rides on Airforce One with President Trump; the debate surrounding the healthcare bill.
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Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon examine the campaigns leading up to Election Day and the results that followed.
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Polls predict the differing outcomes; both campaigns make a case in "far-fetched battlegrounds"; to most, the race is either up for grabs or already decided.

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