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Golden Globe nods; Spending bill stalled; Unclaimed money: Soundtrack of the day

Ryan Gosling in "The Ides of March."

In today’s news: The payroll tax cut and spending bill is stalled in the Senate. Ryan Gosling may not be the “Sexiest Man Alive,” but the man can act. And you may have some extra money you don’t know about.

We’ve been scrolling through our iPods to find music to pair with today’s headlines. Our picks are below, but we want to hear your suggestions. Tell us the songs you’d pair with today’s top news and we’ll add them to this post throughout the day.

Payroll tax cut and spending bill stall in Senate, raising threat of shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) (L) and U.S. Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) at a news conference about extending the payroll tax cut (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Our pick: Keep Talking,” by Pink Floyd. Because if they stop talking, it could mean a government shutdown.

Golden Globe snubs and surprises: ‘The Artist,’ George Clooney and Ryan Gosling snag nods

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone in "The Help."

Our pick: “Help on the way,” by Grateful Dead. The film about black maids in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement snagged a nod in the best motion picture — drama category. But bonus points if you can suggest a song that gives props to Gosling’s two Globe nominations, including a surprise nod for his work in “Ides of March.”

Unclaimed money in the United States totals $32 billion: Do you have missing cash?

Our pick: “Bills, Bills, Bills,” by Destiny’s Child.. Did they really just say “automobills?”

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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