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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Payroll tax cut extension in doubt; Vaclav Havel dies: Soundtrack of the day

What songs would you pair with today’s top headlines?

The biggest news today is arguably the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday at 69. Another prominent leader, Vaclav Havel, a playwright and former Czech president, also died over the past weekend.

Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner(R-Ohio). (William B. Plowman - AP)
And though the Senate managed to avert a shutdown with a last-minute spending deal last week, it looks as if trouble may be brewing in the House. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday, explaining that he and other members of the House oppose the payroll tax cut extension approved by the Senate (and supported by the White House).

We’ve included some suggestions below. And since Bruce Springsteen is writing for The Washington Post Tuesday on America, all of our picks are by the The Boss.

Add your song picks (bonus points for Springsteen songs) in the comments. You can also suggest songs for other headlines.

Payroll tax cut extension in doubt amid House Republican uproar

Our pick: Prove It All Night. Because it looks like Boehner and friends are going to have a long Monday night. A fitting end, perhaps, to Congress’ Worst Year in Washington?

Vaclav Havel, dissident playwright and former Czech president, dies

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel died Sunday in Prague. He was 75. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Our pick: “ Chimes of Freedom ” We think Springsteen’s rendition of this Bob Dylan freedom anthem is appropriate for the Czech leader, who became a symbol of freedom in the post-communist era.

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