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Best assignment ever? When the news broke that the Republican National Committee has spent $150,000 on clothing for Sarah Palin, Slate reporter Nina Shen Rastogi hightailed it to Saks to try to replicate the wardrobe. In the end, exhausted and spent after a day of running up and down those venerable escalators, she discovered that she'd only found $149,924 worth of vice presidential outfits. Then again, unlike Rastogi, the RNC spread the wealth around, visiting Barneys and Bloomingdale's as well as Saks. [Slate]