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# The president s nominees to federal circuit courts have been

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19 May 2007, 17:24
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The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries. Some of them were paid lobbyists for those same interests. The nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries. Independent observers who follow the federal bench believe that the extensive corporate involvement among so many of the nominees is unprecedented.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface pay which of the following roles?

A. The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack.
B. The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment.
C. The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.
D. The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position.
E. The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception.

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19 May 2007, 18:01
A. The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack; the second is that attack.
Second doesn't attack first at all. Wrong
B. The first is a pattern that the author acknowledges as true; the second is the author’s conclusion based on that acknowledgment.
I don't see a very strong relation between first and second, but this can be a correct answer
C. The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion.
Second doesn't provide any ecidence for first at all. Wrong
D. The first is the author’s position based on the evidence cited; the second is a pattern presented in support of that position.
Second can't be supporting first as an evidence if second starts with a "but". Wrong
E. The first is an exception to a rule introduced in the argument; the second provides the reasoning behind the exception.
Second can't be supporting first as an exception if second starts with a "but". Wrong

I wish I could say none of the above. I'll go with B, I guess

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19 May 2007, 22:52
B/W A and E...I would go for A.
In E,the second part doesnt seem to provide an explanation for the first statement.

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19 May 2007, 23:37
A...
The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack----
The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their....

the second is that attack---
The nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries.......this is the attack on the fact that nominees are not conservative but are influenced by lobbyist.

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20 May 2007, 03:58
apache wrote:
A...
The first is a generalization that the author aims to attack----
The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues. But a review of their....

the second is that attack---
The nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts regarded as traditional battlegrounds over litigation affecting these industries.......this is the attack on the fact that nominees are not conservative but are influenced by lobbyist.

Agree with apache

Javed.

Cheers!

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20 May 2007, 11:16
Confused. what is the OA ?

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21 May 2007, 14:19
B.

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22 May 2007, 14:04
go with C

The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion

the phenomenon -
"The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues"

Conclusion - they are not really conservative
"But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests"

Support of the conclusion -
"The nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts"

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22 May 2007, 14:24
go with C

The first is a phenomenon that the author accepts as true; the second is evidence in support of the author’s conclusion

the phenomenon -
"The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues"

Conclusion - they are not really conservative
"But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests"

Support of the conclusion -
"The nominees with industry ties were overwhelmingly appointed to circuit courts"

OA is C. Great job grad_mba!!

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23 May 2007, 12:01
Not convinced with the OA...

I think the conclusion is

The president’s nominees to federal circuit courts have been judged conservative for their stands on hot-button issues.

The part after But just contradicts this to support the second boldface.

Any thoughts??....

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23 May 2007, 13:24
Im with C

vine

A is wrong because he does not aim to attack the first statement !

he agrees with that statement when he states

But a review of their financial disclosure forms and Senate questionnaires reveals that the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests, especially the energy and mining industries.

so by admitting that they are more notable for something else, does not attack the first statement. He basically accepts its truth but is trying to state that ok that may be so, but the REAL problem is that they are involved in special interests.

so they are semi unrelated

in C he accepts the first statement as being true by the reasons above.

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27 May 2007, 19:02
Whats the conclusion of this argument??

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28 May 2007, 10:18
vineetgupta wrote:
Whats the conclusion of this argument??

A confusing CR.
For me the conclusion is
"the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests"

The structure of the argument:
An opening statement (a phenomenon accepted as truth) ----> a conclusion that contradicts that phenomenon -----> support of the conclusion ----> some extra details

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28 May 2007, 13:10
Caas wrote:
vineetgupta wrote:
Whats the conclusion of this argument??

A confusing CR.
For me the conclusion is
"the nominees are more notable for their close ties to corporate and economic interests"

The structure of the argument:
An opening statement (a phenomenon accepted as truth) ----> a conclusion that contradicts that phenomenon -----> support of the conclusion ----> some extra details

Thanks Caas for the help.

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