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The Circus

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid docu probes 2016 election, tries to be unbiased.

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This interesting, non-partisan series highlights the key moments and people that make the 2016 Presidential race one of the most unique elections in US history. It delves into the campaigns of the political outsiders who participated in the process, Donald Trump's controversial campaign, and Hillary Clinton's efforts to become the first female US president. How the Trump administration is dealing with divisive issues like healthcare reform and fighting terrorism abroad are examined. Meanwhile, the more colorful issues that are defining President Trump's presidency, including making unfounded wire tapping claims against Barack Obama and alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russia.

It's mostly unbiased in its approach, thanks to intelligent (though often brief) conversations with a wide-range of Republican and Democratic political players, including Senator Bernie Sanders, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and conservative TV personalities like Ana Navarro and Joe Scarborough. However, it may not seem that way, given that it is also documenting much of the controversy and chaos that characterizes Trump's political career. Nonetheless, regardless of your feelings about these politics, The Circus offers an honest look at the powerful, strategic, painstaking, and often frustrating American political process.

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