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Yes, indeed. Fire up Air Force One, a midweek Democratic Party fundraiser is once again on tap. This seems to be a pattern: Last week there were two in New York City around about this time, and five on the West Coast the week prior. This time around it’s Chicago’s turn. The Windy City is about to get a little windier, perhaps.

Indeed, President Obama will journey to his hometown on Thursday for two private fundraisers, one for Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the other for Senate Democrats. One is a reception, the other a dinner; both are in the splendid homes in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast sections of town.

Mr. Durbin, incidentally, is in fundraising mode himself. Along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he’ll appear next month at an industrial-strength fundraiser for Ready for Hillary, the grass-roots group that insists Hillary Clinton should run for the White House in 2016.

CULTURAL MOMENT

How quickly things morph from exile to entertainment: In the mad dash of Hollywood, a book about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was published one day and became a major film project within 24 hours. Indeed, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s “No Place to Hide” is now under development at Sony, with the same creative team that produced the last two James Bond blockbusters. But who will play Mr. Snowden?

Already, Mr. Greenwald himself has allowed that Jared Leto in under consideration. Also on the list: Robert Pattinson, Hayden Christensen, Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield — choices, incidentally, suggested by Entertainment Television.

But Mr. Snowden also has become a comic book commodity.

“Edward Snowden has been called a whistleblower, a hero, a traitor, a criminal. But who is he really?” asks Valerie D’Orazio, a Marvel Comics writer who has now penned “Beyond: Edward Snowden,” an edgy, stylish comic book released Wednesday by Bluewater Productions. The publisher says the $4 comic examines “the man behind the headlines, searching for what might have motivated him to commit one of the biggest leaks of classified information in U.S. history.”

POLL DU JOUR

89 percent of voters say the health care law will be an important factor in determining whom they will vote for in the 2014 midterms.

48 percent would repeal Obamacare; 35 percent would modify it and 16 percent would keep the law “as it is.”

73 percent say immigration reform will be important in determining their vote; 71 support immigration reform, 28 percent oppose it.

70 percent say the issue of abortion will be important in determining their vote.

35 percent support abortion with restrictions, 34 percent support a “nearly total ban on abortion,” 19 percent support unrestricted abortion, and 11 percent support a total ban.

62 percent say same-sex marriage is important in determining their vote; 52 percent oppose same-sex marriage, 48 percent support it.

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