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Mark McKinnon says The Circus will evolve when the presidential race becomes a two-person contest

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Mark McKinnon is a man of many hats. Cowboy hats, that is, which is his signature look. He’s done a lot of things in his life, but he’ll probably always be best known for his association as an ad man for George W. Bush‘s presidential campaigns. He’s also the co-creator, co-executive producer and co-host of “The Circus,” a weekly Showtime documentary series on the presidential campaign. The show is a co-production between Showtime and Bloomberg Politics. spoke with McKinnon last week from Columbus,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.14.16 — And the winner is?

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(UPDATE) Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the Oscar nominations will be announced from Hollywood, and yes, I actually give a fig. As an inveterate moviegoer, I still get excited about what the Establishment thinks about the product it puts out every year. Interestingly, while the Oscars are still among the most viewed television broadcasts globally every year, they always seem to drop in the ratings most years. This year, Chris Rock is hosting, but what I’ll be interested to see today is…

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Showtime starting a weekly series on campaign

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Showtime is jumping into politics, announcing Tuesday that it will air a weekly documentary series giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 presidential campaign. “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth” will premiere the week before the Iowa caucus, which is scheduled for Feb. 1. Showtime has not yet determined its weekly airtime. Showtime is making it together with Bloomberg Politics, and it will be hosted by that company’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, along with campaign…

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On MSNBC, Jeb Bush says Marco Rubio lacks leadership skills

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Jeb Bush appeared on the set of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, where he questioned Marco Rubio’s leadership skills. “I think I have the leadership skills to fix things, and that’s my strength, that’s what I talk about, ” he told Bloomberg News’ John Heilemann. “Marco was a member of the House of Representatives when I was governor and he followed my lead, and I’m proud of that-“ “But you do not think he has the leadership skills to fix things?” Heilemann countered.…

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