What a difference a week makes.

The government is no longer shut down and the nation is no longer at risk of defaulting on its obligations. Rewind to a week ago, and the picture looked very different, with Republicans and Democrats at an impasse over the budget and debt.

But Washington found its way out of the standoff at the 11th hour during a very revealing week that spoke volumes about the current state of politics. Below are five biggest things we learned from the fiscal battle that has came to an end — for now, at least — Wednesday night.

1. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) still has a huge amount of power. Boehner may not have much control over his party’s base or even much of his own conference, but all it took to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling was for him to allow a vote. Even though a majority of House Republicans opposed the bill —