Jan. 17, 2016
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30 min.
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The Circus

This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events from the individual campaigns are presented in real time, as they are happening. Produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics, The Circus is a non-partisan, never-before-attempted take on what promises to be one of the most fascinating and consequential elections in modern history.

The Circus Season 3 (2018)

3x01 3 3x01 The Looking Glass War
The United States and Russia are locked in a dangerous new standoff. From Facebook and meddling in the 2016 election, to alleged poisoning attacks, to the war in Syria, Russia is ...
Apr. 15, 2018
3x02 3 3x02 Too Many Lawyers
An ever-growing swirl of legal entanglements continues to surround President Trump. From the ongoing Mueller investigation to the Michael Cohen raid and subsequent hearing, and James ...
Apr. 22, 2018
3x03 3 3x03 Man of the World
As Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State clears a Senate hurdle, official visits from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel command the administration's ...
Apr. 29, 2018
3x04 3 3x04 Trump Country
Celebrated Republican political strategist Steve Schmidt joins John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner as a guest host this week. From the industrial heartland to the ...
May. 06, 2018
3x05 3 3x05 War and Peace
The gloves are off as Donald Trump fights a 360-degree battle to keep the presidency. He's taking shots at those who stand to threaten it, and is at war against the "deep state" of ...
May. 13, 2018
3x06 3 3x06 Their Brand Is Crisis
A look at the Trump White House in constant crisis mode. Also: Chris Christie on trying to govern during a scandal; Steve Brill on combating fake news; Steve Schmidt and Mark Fabiani ...
May. 20, 2018
3x07 3 3x07 The Gathering Storm
With the looming midterm elections, the Trump presidency under relentless siege, and Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast, Washington has a lot on its collective ...
Sep. 16, 2018
3x08 3 3x08 Burden of Proof
As Republicans and Democrats play a dramatic game of chess in the wake of the assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, all eyes are on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the ...
Sep. 23, 2018
3x09 3 3x09 Judgment Day
The focus remains tightly on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the future of U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein notwithstanding. As legions of outspoken ...
Sep. 30, 2018
3x10 3 3x10 The Verdict
The emphasis remains squarely on the constantly-evolving story of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. But as the midterm elections draw nearer, hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, ...
Oct. 07, 2018
3x11 3 3x11 California Dreaming
In the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, The Circus travels to California to take the temperature of the political and policy resistance to the Trump administration. With almost ...
Oct. 14, 2018
3x12 3 3x12 Senatorial Combat
As the battle for the Senate heats up with post-Kavanaugh polls forecasting a Republican resurgence, The Circus travels the country charting the shifting dynamics in three of the ...
Oct. 21, 2018
3x13 3 3x13 Black and White
As undertones of racial politics make news, The Circus travels south, following two historic gubernatorial races with African-American candidates. In Florida, America's most unpredictable ...
Oct. 28, 2018
3x14 3 3x14 A Place Called Fear
Co-hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner, with contributor Steve Schmidt, follow President Trump as he stokes fears over immigration, border security and a migrant ...
Nov. 04, 2018
3x15 3 3x15 Mother(f***er) of All Midterms
This special one-hour finale is all about the midterms: before, during and after. In the run-up to election day, The Circus visits some of the high-profile campaigns to catch their ...
Nov. 11, 2018
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