08/07/2011 10:14 am ET Updated Oct 07, 2011

Debt Ceiling Showdown: How Republican 'Young Guns' Created An Epic Clash

It was the natural outgrowth of a years-long effort by GOP recruiters to build a new majority and reverse the party's fortunes. That effort began before the economy collapsed in 2008, before the government bailouts that followed, before the tea party rose in response to push its anti-tax, anti-spending message.

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