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A far cry from Capitol Hill, the new Washington is run by young techies with big bucks--and rising power

You can see all the way from the past to the future of Washington from atop the Tower Club, a posh, crusted-sea-bass kind of eatery crowning an office building in Tysons Corner, Va. Barely visible in the distance is the 555-ft.-high Washington Monument, looking like a gray toothpick far out on the horizon. But right down below, amid miles of suburban shopping malls and carpet outlets and car dealerships, is a place that's becoming as important as the formal capital of the U.S., a place that's doing something traditional Washington has never done before: generating billions in private wealth.

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