Kara Swisher

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The Politico VandeHei and Allen Show Is in Full Swing (Video)

Given how much All Things Digital has in common with Politico, it’s not much of a surprise that I like the political news and analysis Web site a lot.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to chitchat with Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, a pair of Beltway bandits who have been stealing the attention of the political cognoscenti away from the traditionally powerful news organizations in D.C. since they escaped old media five years ago.

It was a risky move at the time.

Executive editor VandeHei worked at Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post; Allen, who is Politico’s chief political correspondent, is a former Time and Washington Post reporter (he also did a stint at the New York Times).

But the pair — along with editor in chief John Harris (lose the BlackBerry, John!) — got funded by the moneybags at Allbritton Communications, and have been on a tear ever since, adding staffers and a variety of new offerings, including video and professional reports.

Given that tonight is the last Presidential debate — which means they’ll be as busy as ATD will be tomorrow with Apple’s event — it’s a good time to listen to this video interview I did with Allen and VandeHei on a recent trip back east at their Roslyn, Va., HQ, about the lay of the political landscape online:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik