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Come one, come all to The Circus. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events are presented in real time, as they are happening. The Circus is a non-partisan, never-before-attempted take on one of the most fascinating and consequential political periods in modern American history.
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 attention. John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon sit down with Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator behind the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, Alex Wagner interviews imam Dr. Ismail Elshikh, the plaintiff behind the travel-ban challenge.
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 Mountain West, and from the far North to the deep South, the team assesses Trump's impact on the national political climate, campaigns and candidates from both parties.
In Salt Lake City, Heilemann conducts an exclusive interview with Mitt Romney as the former Republican presidential nominee pursues a seat in the U.S. Senate — and throws the first stone to open the 2018 USA Curling Arena National Championships. Wagner and Schmidt trek to the Mexican border to discuss immigration and other issues with Senator Ted Cruz's challenger and rising Democratic star Beto O'Rourke. And, after trips to Wisconsin and Georgia, McKinnon covers the NRA's annual convention in Dallas, where Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are slated to appear.
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 the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Justice. Stories covered include Michael Cohen's connection to a Russian oligarch, Trump's attempts to undermine the Mueller investigation, the scuttling of the Iran deal, and the Senate confirmation hearing for Trump's controversial CIA Director pick, Gina Haspel.
The Trump administration has had to contend with an unprecedented number of crises, and spinning them is an ongoing preoccupation. In this era of splintered news media, how do you get the right message to the right people, and still stay on course? Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discusses trying to govern during a PR crisis, Steve Brill hosts an Axios event on combatting fake news, and Steve Schmidt and Mark Fabiani, Bill Clinton's advisor during the Whitewater scandal, both weigh in on how this White House is managing crises.
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