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.”

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.