Top Political Stories of 2011

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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.


Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR News

David Chalian, D.C. bureau chief for Yahoo! News

Amy Sullivan, contributing editor for TIME magazine