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Thepresidentsnomineestofederalcircuitcourtshavebeenjudgedconservativefortheirstandsonhot
buttonissues.ButareviewoftheirfinancialdisclosureformsandSenatequestionnairesrevealsthatthenominees
aremorenotablefortheirclosetiestocorporateandeconomicinterests,especiallytheenergyandmining
industries.Someofthemwerepaidlobbyistsforthosesameinterests.Further,thenomineeswithindustryties
wereoverwhelminglyappointedtocircuitcourtsregardedastraditionalbattlegroundsoverlitigation
affectingtheseindustries.Independentobserverswhofollowthefederalbenchbelievethattheextensivecorporate
involvementamongsomanyofthenomineesisunprecedented.

Intheargumentabove,thetwoportionsinboldfacepaywhichofthefollowingroles?

Thefirstisageneralizationthattheauthoraimstoattackthesecondisthatattack.
Thefirstisapatternthattheauthoracknowledgesastruethesecondistheauthorsconclusionbased
onthatacknowledgment.
Thefirstisaphenomenonthattheauthoracceptsastruethesecondisevidenceinsupportofthe
authorsconclusion.
Thefirstistheauthorspositionbasedontheevidencecitedthesecondisapatternpresentedinsupport
ofthatposition.
Thefirstisanexceptiontoaruleintroducedintheargumentthesecondprovidesthereasoningbehind
theexception.

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Theconclusionoftheargumentisthatthenominees"aremorenotablefortheirclosetiestocorporateandeconomic
interests"thanfortheirpositionsoncontroversialissues.Thefirstboldfacedstatementisarecognitionofthefact
thatthepresident'snomineeshavebeenbrandedconservative.Thesecondboldfacedstatementoffersinformation
insupportoftheassertionthatthenomineesaremorenotablefortheircorporateties.Soweneedtofindachoice
thatdescribesbothstatementsaccurately.

(A)Theauthordoesnotseektoattacktheassertionmadeinthefirststatement.

(B)Theauthordoesacknowledgethefirststatementastrue.However,thesecondstatementisnottheconclusion.

(C)CORRECT.Theauthordoesacceptthefirststatementastrue,andthesecondstatementisindeedgivenin
supportoftheconclusion.

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(D)Thefirststatementisnottheauthor's"position"(i.e.,conclusion).

(E)Thefirststatementisnotanexceptiontoarule,makingthedescriptionofthesecondstatementfalseaswell.

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