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Amazon's decision to split its second headquarters was a calculated move to poach the best and brightest from two of the biggest talent pools in America: New York City and Washington D.C.

When the tech giant starts recruiting tens of thousands of workers in the cities next year, Wall Street and Capitol Hill will feel the burn.

On Tuesday, Amazon picked Long Island City in New York and Arlington, Virginia, for its next big office locations, bringing $5 billion in investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs to those areas.

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