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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 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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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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