The silent filibuster, explained

The filibuster is as popular as ever. But you wouldn't know it by watching the Senate floor on CSPAN.

And there's a reason for that: the silent filibuster.

But just how did we get to this point where people can filibuster without actually, well, filibustering? How can Republicans stop Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary without actually talking for hours on the Senate floor? And will this practice ever change?

The slideshow below, from the explanatory journalism website Newsbound, says it better than we ever could. We encourage all of The Fix's readers to take five minutes and learn yourself a little something about your government. We certainly did.

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