Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at

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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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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado is taking a, shall we say, distinct message to Colorado men about Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner: Watch out, guys. A condom shortage could be coming if Gardner has his way.

The message, being spread through online and radio advertising in the final week of the campaign, is the flip side of the women's health message that has typified the anti-Gardner talking points. It isn't just women who have a lot to lose in Gardner's world, it says. There's something at stake for you, too, guys.

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California state officials are now looking into whether any state laws were violated when researchers from Stanford University and Dartmouth College sent to some of the state's voters a mailer similar to the one that has stirred significant controversy in Montana and in political science circles nationwide, TPM has learned.

TPM has obtained a copy of the mailer sent by the researchers to voters in California's 25th Congressional District, which covers areas north of Los Angeles. It appears to bear the California state seal, a potential violation of state law, and ranks the candidates in the congressional race and the superintendent of public instruction race by ideology compared to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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In an unusual "open letter to the voters and citizens of Montana," the presidents of Dartmouth College and Stanford University urged Montana voters Tuesday to ignore a mailer sent recently by their researchers that caused considerable controversy in the run up the November election. They also apologized for the "confusion and concern" the mailer caused.

As TPM reported Monday, researchers from the schools sent a mailer to 100,000 Montana voters that placed non-partisan Montana Supreme Court candidates on an ideological scale. The mailer, which also featured the state seal, led to complaints, including from the Montana secretary of state, and an official inquiry is underway by state authorities.

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The FBI created a fake version of the Seattle Times to catch a suspect in a series of bomb threats to a local school, the Times reported on Tuesday, and the newspaper's editor is "outraged."

According to documents published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the FBI spoofed the Times website in 2007 with a fake Associated Press article about a series of bomb threats to Lacey’s Timberline High School. The agency then sent a link to the fake article to the suspect's MySpace account.

When the suspect opened the link, FBI software buried in the link sent the person's location and other information to the bureau's agents. A suspect was eventually arrested, according to the Times.

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With a week to go before the election and polls showing the race slipping away from him, the Democratic nominee for Senate in South Dakota unleashed a tirade against national Democrats Monday, claiming that they had intentionally sabotaged his campaign in favor of the independent in the race, former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler.

"I can't attribute this to (DSCC executive director) Guy Cecil or (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid or any of those other folks, but I know the chatter out there was they didn't care if Weiland or Pressler won, and I think they felt like Pressler had a better path to victory," Rick Weiland told TPM in a phone interview following a press conference in South Dakota where he unloaded on the DSCC. "They had a disclaimer, bought and paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Who do you think that's going to affect?"

Weiland's theory is that the DSCC is running negative TV ads against Republican nominee Mike Rounds in order to hurt Rounds and Weiland's images and therefore boost Pressler, who has said he is open to caucusing with either party.

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Rick Weiland, the Democratic Senate candidate in South Dakota, effectively accused the national party Monday of sabotaging his campaign.

During a Monday press conference, Weiland charged that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee became involved in the South Dakota Senate race only to help the independent candidate, former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler -- and that the DSCC ran negative TV ads against Republican Mike Rounds in order to damage South Dakotan opinions of Weiland himself.

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