From the killing of Osama Bin Laden to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' tragic shooting and miraculous recovery to the debt ceiling showdown that nearly brought the federal government to a standstill, 2011 was a year full of political upheavals and surprises. We take a look back at the top political stories of the year.
Top Political Stories of 2011
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Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR News
David Chalian, D.C. bureau chief for Yahoo! News
Amy Sullivan, contributing editor for TIME magazine