GOP filibusters Defense bill as 2010 becomes the ‘deadliest year’ for troops in Afghanistan

As Republicans filibuster the Defense Authorization bill, we mark a horrific milestone in Afghanistan. This has become the deadliest year for troops in that conflict:

Nine NATO soldiers were killed Tuesday morning in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, military officials said, making 2010 the deadliest year for the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan.

Another NATO service member, an Afghan soldier and an American civilian were wounded in the crash, the military said in a statement.

And, yes, it looks like the GOP filibuster of the Defense Authorization bill is holding. How they can get away with this while our troops are engaged in two wars is beyond me. Maine’s Susan Collins just told us that she has to put the interests of her GOP colleagues before equality:

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