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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Congress passes deal; Christopher Hitchens dies: Soundtrack of the day

This week, we’ve been asking you to help us compile daily playlists to go with the day’s top stories. Thursday, Pink Floyd suggestions (Comfortably Numb, Money) from readers may have inspired Congress to come to a spending deal, but we can neither confirm nor deny that report.

Among Friday’s stories:

The FBI has “neither sought nor obtained any information” from cellphone tracker, Carrier IQ, according to FBI director Robert Mueller’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Paranoia and pop culture go together so well that we’re confident you can come up with solid song suggestions for this story.

Thomas Boswell’s column about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had us searching for a country version of Mims’s “This Is Why I’m Hot,” but all we found was a video compilation of Carrie Underwood photos.


Christopher Hitchens in D.C. in 2010. (Marvin Joseph — The Washington Post)
And in light of the sad news Friday about Christopher Hitchens’s death, we wonder what song would honor the quick-witted and outspoken writer. He counted Bob Dylan among his favorite musicians, so a Dylan song might be appropriate. We like “Mozambique” by Dylan and Jacques Levy.

Have suggestions? Add your song selections in the comments, and tell us why they go with the news of the day. We’ll add some of your comments to this post.

Congressional leaders reach spending deal to avoid government shutdown

Our pick: Nick of Time” by AC/DC . Well, they pulled if off. And we think the congressional negotiators could relate to this song right about now.

FBI hasn’t sought Carrier IQ data, chief says

Our pick: Watching Me” by Jill Scott. The singer eerily captures paranoia in this song from her debut album, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.”


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays in the end zone before the start of an NFL football game (Julie Jacobson — AP)
Tim Tebow: Debate over religion and throwing motions obscures a winning formula

Our pick: All Kinds of Time,” by Fountains of Wayne. The perfect song for quarterbacks everywhere.

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