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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.
Mark Halperin rides on Airforce One with President Trump; the debate surrounding the healthcare bill.
In "Checking and Balancing," the second episode of the groundbreaking show's new season, co-host Mark Halperin meets up with Senate Judiciary Committee veteran and the upper chamber's longest-serving member Patrick Leahy before the Vermont Democrat cross-examines Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, in his confirmation hearings. Co-host John Heilemann talks to the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, after FBI Director James Comey's bombshell revelation of an ongoing investigation into suspected collusion between Team Trump and Russia to influence the 2016 election. And co-host Mark McKinnon catches up with South Carolina Republican congressman - and member of the pivotal House Freedom Caucus - Mark Sanford.
Highlights of the week include discussions with both a sophisticated group of New Hampshire voters and a thoughtful class of fifth-grade students; a rally in Milwaukee supporting establishing "sanctuary schools" in the district; a breakfast talk with Virginia Governor and longtime Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe at Perly's in Richmond, in which McAuliffe discusses the challenges of governing in the age of Trump; and a conversation with renowned Republican strategist Mary Matalin near her home in the Big Easy about the gulf between how Trump is perceived in Washington and the rest of the country. For a look at Halperin's visit with the fifth-graders in New Hampshire featured in this week's episode, go to ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXfxI6FYh6c.
All eyes are on Donald Trump as he takes his first major military action as president, launching an air attack on Syria at the end of a week when three heads of state visit America, North Korea stages a missile launch, and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee steps aside from the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. In this season's fourth episode, "The Whole World is Watching," THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH takes an in-depth look at Trump's foreign policy and its implications as the new Commander in Chief grapples with the most serious global challenges he has faced so far. Airing Sunday, April 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, the episode features conversations with lawmakers and national security experts, as well as on-the-ground coverage of the visit of the Chinese president to Mar-a-Lago.
Highlights of the episode include co-host John Heilemann's travels with Virginia Senator and 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue as they hear from voters disgruntled about Donald Trump and the dysfunction in Washington. Heilemann also speaks with Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus, about his relationship with Trump - and the African-American community's view of embattled White House strategist Steve Bannon.
How are the Democrats resisting Trump? Mark Halperin talks to Elizabeth Warren about standing strong. Bernie Sanders tells John Heilemann about taking his message to the people. Americans talk about what resistance means to them.
As Donald Trump reaches the ballyhooed milestone of 100 days in office, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH sets out to answer a fundamental question: not what the president has achieved so far, but what he has - and hasn't - learned so far in his tenure. In a week when Republicans take another run at repealing and replacing Obamacare, the administration announces broad principles for sweeping tax form, and a government shutdown at week's end looms, THE CIRCUS covers it all against the backdrop of Trump's evolution in his new job.
Washington insiders review acts performed during President Trump's first 100 days.
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