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People mad about the Trump-like ‘Julius Caesar’ are sending death threats to the wrong theater

Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in New York. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

In the 1990s, during the Internet’s adolescence, someone at Shakespeare & Company, a theater in Lenox, Mass., had the forethought to snap up the domain name. It was only about 30 bucks, a sum no one would miss if the whole Internet thing suddenly went bust.

That decision reaped Internet gold over the next two decades. People who searched for “Shakespeare” on their browser for the playwright’s name got an eyeful of the latest offerings from the now-40-year-old company.

Now, company officials believe, that savvy marketing decision is also responsible for the death threats Shakespeare & Company has been getting this month in a politics-laden case of mistaken identity.

A production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” 150 miles away, in New York’s Central Park, has stirred up controversy for its depiction of the title character. Hint: The Caesar character wears a blond wig, a suit and a solid red tie extending far below his waist.

He’s also brutally assassinated onstage, a bloody stabbing scene involving a presidential impersonator that has been criticized for being in poor taste.

The New York company that oversees Shakespeare in the Park has gotten its share of protesters and death threats. Some sponsors have pulled their support and the National Endowment for the Arts also distanced itself from the play. Protesters disrupted the show on Friday night, and a small but steady stream of picketers regularly gather outside the theater. But some of that animosity has been misdirected at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, which finds itself assailed…

Officially Move into White House

Donald Trump‘s White House is now complete with 1 First Lady and 1 First Kid … Melania and Barron Trump have officially moved in.

President Trump touched down in D.C. Sunday evening with his wife and 11-year-old son, along with Melania’s parents. Barron was rocking a shirt that proved he was a pro at this sort of thing.

As we reported … Melania…

What the “Alternative Minimum Tax” Is and Why It Matters for the Rest of Us

One standout item from Trump’s 2005 tax return, revealed last night, was something called the “Alternative Minimum Tax” (AMT). If you’re not terribly familiar with it, here’s what the AMT is all about and why it matters.

David Cay Johnston is the Daily Beast Reporter, tax analyst, and author who found Trump’s 2005 IRS 1040 in his mailbox and shared it online (and on Rachel Maddow). The Daily Beast reported:

The documents show Trump and his wife Melania paying $5.3 million in regular federal income tax—a rate of less than 4% However, the Trumps paid an additional $31 million in the “alternative minimum tax,” or AMT. Trump has previously called for the elimination of this tax.

It’s obviously not the only thing worth noting in this whole fiasco, but it brings to light the significance of the Alternative Minimum Tax, an important part of the IRS tax code.

The Alternative Minimum Tax was basically designed to keep wealthy people from taking advantage of so many loopholes that they don’t pay their fair share in taxes. As the Tax Policy Center explains, in 1968, Treasury Secretary Joseph W. Barr informed Congress that 155 taxpayers with incomes over $200,000 (which was an even more significant amount at the time)…