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[UPDATED 8:49am ET] Author William Cohan says Goldman Sachs has always been about money.
[UPDATED 8:40am ET] Broadcaster Tavis Smiley says the U.S. needs a manifesto to combat poverty in the U.S. Says new poor in the U.S. are the former middle class.
[UPDATED 7:40am ET] Abramoff on types of rule breaking that happened in his prison: sneaking in cell phones, stealing items from kitchen and selling it. Says inmates are eclectic.
[UPDATED 7:40am ET] Soledad asks Abramoff how he was able to get through prison. Abramoff says to do things to improve your life, reading, writing, keeping busy. Says faith compels one to get through prison. Also says visits were important. And keeping your sense of humor. People are in pain in prison, and some are going to be there much longer than Gov. Blagojevich.
[UPDATED 7:37am ET] Jack Abramoff, a former Republican lobbyist who served four years in prison, says Jeff Skilling is probably happy that Rod Blagojevich is joining him in prison to take spotlight off him. Says even in white-collar prison, you don’t want attention.
[UPDATED 7:19am ET] Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) says Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., and we are American citizens. Says it’s about time to ask the people of Puerto Rico if they aspire to be a state. Says government in Puerto Rico conducts business in English.