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A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that children from the most disadvantaged families had brains with a smaller surface area than those from families with higher incomes. The reflexive rhetoric of political scientist Charles Murray and others claim it supports their view that there's not much you can do to educate poor kids. But that's not what the science says.
Ryan's comments last month reflect a political climate where Republicans not only do not meaningfully speak to African American citizens, but they tell themselves and their supporters stories about politics and economics that will ensure that they do not have to speak to African American voters in the future.
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Getting policy guidance from a confessed criminal is no longer that shocking for the Abbott campaign. His political maneuvers cannot be described as stumbles but are clearly becoming manifestations of a duplicitous belief system that will, at a minimum, confound, if not alienate, traditional Texas voters, including conservatives.