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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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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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With only two weeks until election day, Clinton bets on the one man who has the potential to swing those states still up for grabs: Joe Biden.
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Clinton faces the scandal of her highly sensitive, private emails being made public on WikiLeaks, amid claims of foreign hacking and intervention and international espionage of the 2016 election.
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The fallout from the second debate and the current scandal surrounding a recently publicized audio tape.
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Preparations for the debate; the candidates cede the spotlight to those who cover the political news.
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As Clinton and Trump prepare for their first debate, their campaigns target the swing states with an eye on Florida.
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As Clinton's pneumonia and scrutiny about Trump's medical records comes to the forefront, their fitness to lead is questioned.
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The Trump campaign is running from behind, and members of the party publicly jump ship; Trump must find a way to close the gap with Clinton.
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Sanders followers show their displeasure in Philadelphia; the Democrats make Hillary Clinton a historic nominee; Clinton and Kaine have work to do to unite the party.
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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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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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Now that the field has been narrowed to the "Big Five," the campaigns focus on playing to their strengths across the country in preparation for Super Tuesday.
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The campaigns head toward the final stretch in Nevada and South Carolina, and anxiety grows about high stakes.
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Following New Hampshire, candidates prepare for hard truths coming up in South Carolina and Nevada; Trump tastes victory; Kasich picks up momentum; Bush faces an impending do-or-die reality.
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Inside the Iowa fallout and the momentum leading into New Hampshire's primary; Clinton and Trump campaigns must pick up the pace to beat Sanders and Cruz.
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Angst and drama leading up to Iowa caucuses; a showdown is brewing between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton; outsider candidates versus the establishment.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. John Kashich prepare for the New Hampshire primary.
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The campaigns of the "outsider" candidates: Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, prepare for the Iowa caucuses.

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