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Rudy Giuliani wants you to know that Uber doesn't just have adequate background checks -- they are "setting the safety standard in the ride-sourcing industry."

That's what the former New York City mayor wrote in a blog post for the company Wednesday, which comes amid a heated dispute between Uber and the taxi industry that has devolved into both sides trading, among other things, sexual assault allegations. Giuliani's firm was hired earlier this year by Uber to help improve background checks for the company's drivers.

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The Northeastern Ohio Media Group, a business partner with the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, has demanded that an Ohio liberal political blog pull a video of Gov. John Kasich's awkward interview with the newspaper's editorial board.

The newspaper's website had originally published the video of its interview with Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald and Kasich, whom it eventually endorsed. But the video was later taken down, for reasons unknown. Plunderbund, a liberal blog, posted parts of the video because its editors "felt the video was important."

Plunderbund then reported Tuesday that NOMG had threatened to sue if the video was not removed.

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Additional reporting by Sahil Kapur

Less than a week before Election Day and with early voting under underway, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) holds a slim 1-point advantage over Republican candidate Cory Gardner, according to a new poll provided to TPM that attempted to suss out the Hispanic vote in more detail.

The Strategies 360 poll puts Udall at 45 percent and Gardner at 44 percent. The poll by the consulting group, which has a Denver office, was not commissioned by any outside group.

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