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A man escaped from a maximum security prison in South Carolina for the second time on Wednesday (the first time was in 2005). But this time, authorities believe drones helped him make the escape, per AP.

The prisoner used wire cutters to slash through four different fences, and authorities say a drone likely dropped the wire cutters into the prison grounds for him. South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said the man used a cellphone (which he would've had to smuggle into the prison) to coordinate his escape, which is likely how he contacted the drone operator.

He was arrested in Texas around 3 a.m. today, and police found him with $47,000 in cash, a rifle, and a pistol.

Go deeper: There's been an increase in prisoners' drone use as of late: In the past five years, there have been over a dozen attempts to transport things like porn, drugs, and cellphones into federal prisons via drones.

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The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules

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President Trump's crackdown on TikTok suggests that the U.S. government is starting to see the internet more like China does — as a network that countries can and should control within their borders.

The big picture: Today's global internet has split into three zones, according to many observers: The EU's privacy-focused network; China's government-dominated network; and the U.S.-led network dominated by a handful of American companies. TikTok's fate suggests China's model has U.S. fans as well.

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President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images

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Driving the news: The messaging will focus heavily on "very granular details" of what a second term for President Trump would look like — answering a question Trump left hanging in a Fox News event earlier this summer — and attack cancel culture, "radical elements" of society and threats to public safety.

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting.