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)

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.

Bethonie Butler is a producer and a reporter on The Post’s engagement team. She oversees online comments and has also contributed to The Style Blog and She The People.

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