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PBC News & Comment, Friday January 13

Colbert skewers super PACs, threatens to run for President; GOP donors muzzle anti-corporate attack dogs.Also covered:

–Obama plans to merge government agencies to blunt GOP calls to shut down cabinet agencies

–Apple names its manufacturing subcontractors, mostly in China

–Britain investigates charges it caused rendition and torture of a Libyan who is now a top leader in Tripoli; we could use some investigations like that

–NYT editorials on Iran hysteria (without noting their part in it) and this week’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling that lets churches violate the rights of employees

–Sebelius puts hold on health insurance rate increases, brought to you by “Obamacare”

–Fed meeting minutes from 2006 show Geithner was not concerned about the real estate bubble, but Bernanke started to worry

–Patron X is mortified as his cellphone rings during symphony concert