BY STEVE BRODNER
The great debt-ceiling battle of 2011 captivated Washington, alarmed the world and annoyed the public. But why did it happen at all? Artist and illustrator Steve Brodner takes inspiration from The Washington Post's reporting to tell the story of this summer's standoff. It's a tale of patient planning, unmet expectations and political gamesmanship -- with the American economy hanging in the balance.
1. A COMEBACK?
In defeat, "Young Guns" aim for 2010
2. SEARCH PARTY
The GOP looks for a few good candidates
3. RALLYING CRY
The "debt limit" becomes a strategy
4. WARM UP
Round one averts a shutdown
5. MIDDLE MAN
Boehner, between Obama and base
Tea Party wins, but doesn't like it
Obama vowed to keep working for a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction.
VIDEO | The Washington Post's Ezra Klein talks about how the GOP and Democrats came to an agreement despite contentious rhetoric on both sides of the debt ceiling debate and how the United States was able to avoid default.