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The French town of Donzy that has correctly predicted presidential elections for the past four decades went for Marine Le Pen, the right-wing nationalist, in the first round.

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Data: FranceInfo; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Breaking down the numbers: Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and former economy minister, won nationally by about 2%, but Donzy backed Le Pen by more than 7%.

Why it matters: Donzy has historically been a bellwether, and if it's right this year we're just two weeks from President Le Pen. That's despite predictions from top pollsters that Macron will win easily. That said, neither Macron nor Le Pen are representing traditional parties, so the Donzy Rule may not hold.

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DHS directing $77 million to combat domestic violent extremism in states, cities

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

For the first time, states and localities will spend at least $77 million of Department of Homeland Security grant money on combatting domestic violent extremism, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Thursday.

Why it matters: Domestic terrorism has been on the rise in the U.S., spurred on by growing polarization and the mainstreaming of online conspiracy theories. In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Mayorkas has made fighting the problem a "National Priority Area."

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate voted 64-35 on Thursday to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Department of Energy.

Why it matters: Granholm, only the second woman to head the department, will play a key role in President Biden’s efforts to accelerate the U.S. shift to clean energy and help other countries do the same.

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