Opening Act: Aeroflot

A young girl holds up an image of Edward Snowden’s face at a rally to support Snowden on June 15, 2013 in Hong Kong.

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Edward Snowden disappears as journalists get trapped on a plane without him. The Senate votes on immigration reform 72 hours after a mysterious deal was struck. The Supreme Court could rule, at last, on one of several era-defining issues. Slow news day.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee offers a Defend Snowden tin cup, which will probably surface in 2014 campaigns depending on what happens to Snowden’s public reputation.

Politico, which has been pretty realistic about the Massachusetts Senate race, downloads the latest intel from operatives who (finally) admit that Ed Markey’s going to win a snoozer. The exception: anonymous Gabriel Gomez aides.

Gomez’s aides are still predicting a shocker, saying low-turnout special elections are notoriously unpredictable.

Republican strategists, some of them Romney 2012 veterans, are asking whether the polls are skewed! But of course.

In the middle of the night, Texas rushes through new abortion restrictions.

Many members of the conservative majority had flyers on their desks that read “Psalm 139:13-14,” which reads in part, “You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Nice digging by Kim Strassel on an Obamacare provision that basically benefits one hospital in Massachusetts.