Lunch Buffet

Sorry for the late lunch, but I had a meeting with some friends that went a bit long. Here are some midday news/views snacks, direct from a Caribou Cafe in Des Moines:

* The big news here: Bill and Hillary Clinton announced as featured speakers at the final Harkin Steak Fry.

* Texas Tribune‘s Jay Root has a good primer on the Perry indictments.

* Civil rights groups arguing Ferguson curfew unconstitutional breach of First Amendment.

* Tom Frank suggests stepped-up antitrust enforcement, investigation of housing bubble fraud, and targeting high-tuition colleges for scorn and maybe sanctions, as steps Obama can take to revive presidency.

* Paul Waldman takes on the idea that Ferguson the product of “big government.”

And in non-political news:

* Dollar General in bidding war for Dollar Tree with Family Dollar. Lotta dollars involved.

As we break for lunch, here’s Son Seals with “I Can’t Hear Nothing But the Blues.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.