Rangel, Snooki, K-Rod, spies and lobsters: A Capital week in review

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The girls of 'Jersey Shore' fight on their way to the club. (Photo via MTV.com)
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Whether or not you think Charlie Rangel was wrong to have done the things last week's report charges him with—among other violations, illegally using rent-stabilized apartments for campaign work and failing to disclose rental income from a yacht club in the Dominican Republic—don't wish him out of office too soon.

Avi Zenilman compiled this report on the people who are running against him, and it's fair to say that Rangel's departure would be pretty disastrous for the New York delegation.

Rangel remains unrepentant—unlike another New Yorker who's been taking heat lately: Howard Megdal spoke to Francisco Rodriguez, a k a "K-Rod," about his unforgiving fans. K-Rod is apologetic, stoic, classy: "He himself looks to [Mariano] Rivera as the only career measuring stick worth aspiring to," Howard writes. K-Rod tells him, "Mariano, to me, is the best one," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully I can stay healthy, consistent, to maybe not have the same career he had, but something similar."

Last week also saw the debut of the second season of "Jersey Shore." Our Meredith Blake is not sanguine about Snooki's prospects for longterm Hollywood success. "Their sudden, unwarranted fame makes it harder to laugh off the 'Jersey Shore' housemates," Meredith writes. In fact, now that their grabs for attention are paying off, with profiles in The New Yorker and The New York Times, the whole thing starts to seem cynical rather than native. And "it may also make them less entertaining."

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Also this week: master spy novelist Alan Furst, whose new book, Spies of the Balkans, is probably right now in beach totebags all over the coast, talked to Josh Benson about how he researches and writes his historical novels; Ed McFarland, proprietor of Ed's Lobster Bar in Soho, gave Gillian Reagan a primer on how you kill 400 pounds of lobster a day to satisfy restaurant-goers trying to recreate the lobster-shack experience of a summer weekend here in town; and I tried my hand at a piece, about the incoming editor of the Daily News and the history (or baggage?) of Boston newspapering and Murdochian tabloid impulses he brings to his new gig.

Look for lots more tomorrow morning!