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‘Obligations and Opportunities’ Airs Sunday, January 26 At 8 PM ET/PT On SHOWTIME®

The Episode Features Interviews With Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MI), Pete Buttigieg, Julian And Joaquin Castro, And More


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With less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, THE CIRCUS gets a rare behind-the-scenes look at Senator Amy Klobuchar’s efforts to campaign in Iowa while stuck in Washington serving as a juror in the Trump impeachment trial. Click here for a preview:

Other episode highlights:


  • While some candidates are back in Washington, THE CIRCUS catches up with mayor Pete Buttigieg during his three-day town hall swing across Iowa. 
  • THE CIRCUS interviews former Vice President Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director, Kate Bedingfield, about the impeachment trial and Biden's ongoing tiff with Bernie Sanders.  
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and former presidential candidate Julian Castro sit down with THE CIRCUS as they travel across Iowa as surrogates for Elizabeth Warren.


John Heilemann is a co-founder of Recount Media and editor-in-chief of The Recount, a new video platform for short-form political news, analysis, and commentary. Heilemann is national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC — where he appears regularly on Morning Joe, Deadline: White House, The Last Word and The 11th Hour — and co-author of the runaway New York Times bestsellers Game Change and Double Down, widely regarded as the definitive chronicles of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, respectively. Game Change was adapted into a movie of the same name, which went on to win five Emmy® Awards, three Golden Globes® and a Peabody Award.

Mark McKinnon is a CNN political analyst, political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist and television producer. He was the chief media adviser to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns and is co-founder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship, civil dialogue and political problem solving. McKinnon has worked for many causes, companies and candidates, including former President George W. Bush, the late Senator John McCain, late Governor Ann Richards and Bono.

Alex Wagner is a special correspondent for CBS News and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. She is also the author of the book Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest and the Secret To Belonging, which examines questions about American identity and immigration in the 21st century. Previously, Wagner hosted the Emmy nominated MSNBC political affairs program NOW with Alex Wagner. Before joining MSNBC, she was a reporter with the Huffington Post, investigating the intersection of business, politics and new technology. Prior to this, she served as the White House correspondent for Politics Daily and was the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning FADER magazine.

THE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right for SHOWTIME. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Ted Bourne, Tom Johnson and Siobhan Walshe serve as executive producers.

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