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In a video of the incident, she can be heard saying: โ€œYou come against me in the name of hatred, repression, and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.โ€ The flag was returned to the top of the flagpole 45 minutes later.

Newsome, a 30-year-old activist, and her companion James Ian Tyson received a misdemeanor charge for defacing a monument on state grounds, which carries a $5,000 fine or up to three years in prison or both. Todd Rutherford, the minority leader of the state House of Representative, will represent Newsome. Bail was set at $3,000 for each; a crowdfunding campaign for their legal defenses has raised more than $100,000.

The flag has been the subject of a heated nationwide debate since white supremacist Dylann Roof killed 9 people at a historic black church in Charleston. Online images of Roof wielding the flag, a symbol of slavery and racism for many, surfaced following the shooting.

Last week, Rutherford called for the stateโ€™s governor Nikki Haley to take down the flag for โ€œrepairsโ€ while the body of Clementa Pinckney, a state representative slain in the church lay in the State Capitol on June 24. โ€œI hope that the governor would look up at the flag, as I did yesterday, and notice that it looks a little wind-torn,โ€ he said, adding that it the governor could take the flag down โ€œand those repairs may take the four hours that his bodyโ€™s at least going to lay in the rotunda.โ€

Those who know Bree Newsome โ€” the young woman who climbed a flagpole in front of South Carolinas State House to remove the Confederate flag Saturday โ€” arent surprised by her bold step.

"This is what she was destined to do," said Amy Adler, who sang in the school choir with Newsome. "She literally took [the flag] into her own hands, which is very much what she does. She has a very on-the-ground, hands-on approach to change. I wish more people had her energy."
 
Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., right, is taken into custody after she removed the Confederate battle flag from a monument in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. 

Newsome, 30, who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., was charged Saturday with defacing monuments on the Capitol grounds. Authorities said she continued climbing the more than 30-foot-tall flagpole and unhooked the flag, ignoring orders from officers who arrived when she was about halfway up.

The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $5,000, an imprisonment term of up to three years or both. James Ian Tyson, a 30-year-old from Charlotte, was also charged in the incident.

The Confederate battle flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again about 45 minutes later, well ahead of a rally by people who want to keep the flag where it is.

Calls for removing the flag have been renewed since nine black churchgoers were killed in what police characterized as a racist attack at a Charleston, S.C., church. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, has called for the flag to come down, and state lawmakers have agreed to discuss the issue during the legislative session.

Signage of the main entrance at Antietam National Battlefield Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013. A number of structures are on a short list for being posted for sale for private purchase. A strategic Union victory, Antietam was a watershed battle Sept. 17, 1862 

About the time of her arrest, Newsome released an email statement to the media.

"We removed the flag today because we cant wait any longer. We cant continue like this another day," the statement said. "Its time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality."

Newsome graduated in 2003 from Oakland Mills, where she was known as Brittany. She was active in student government, serving as president of her class for her first three years and president of the student body as a senior, according to the high school yearbook.

"It stood out how smart she was," said Ryan Fox, 33, of Columbia, who graduated ahead of Newsome.

A classically trained musician, Newsome performed in musicals, starring as Dorothy in "The Wiz" and Rosie in "Bye Bye Birdie." She went on to New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film.

Newsomes father, Clarence G. Newsome, is a former dean at Howard University, trustee of Duke University and now president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
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It is 2015 and in America, where there is universal K-12 education, people still make the ridiculous claim that the Civil War was not about slavery. That ends today. John Iadarola of The Young Turks gives his Final Judgment, as he reads words written by the men who succeeded themselves. 
The erratic anti-feminist and purposefully politically incorrect Gavin McInnes added his take on the Confederate flag controversy. McInnes, a frequent Fox News guest, tweeted to more than 50,000 followers on June 23, 2015, that the Confederate flag should continue to fly.

Why? Because, "The Civil War wasnt about slavery," he wrote. "It was about secession."

In a companion tweet, McInnes said anyone, like Northerners, who think the Civil War was about slavery should go to Google. "Look it up," said McInnes, who was born in England and grew up in Canada.

So we did.

We typed in "causes of the Civil War." The first hit was History.net which told us, "The burning issue that led to the disruption of the union, however, was the debate over the future of slavery. That dispute led to secession, and secession brought about a war in which the Northern and Western states and territories fought to preserve the Union, and the South fought to establish Southern independence as a new confederation of states under its own constitution."

The second link on Google was to PBS and its History Detectives series. There we read, "What led to the outbreak of the bloodiest conflict in the history of North America? A common explanation is that the Civil War was fought over the moral issue of slavery. In fact, it was the economics of slavery and political control of that system that was central to the conflict."

No. 3 on the Google hit parade was Americanhistoryabout.com. That page offered five main reasons and the first one was "Economic and social differences between the North and the South." And what were those differences?

Well, slavery.

"With Eli Whitneys invention of the cotton gin in 1793, cotton became very profitable. This machine was able to reduce the time it took to separate seeds from the cotton. However, at the same time the increase in the number of plantations willing to move from other crops to cotton meant the greater need for a large amount of cheap labor, i.e. slaves. Thus, the southern economy became a one crop economy, depending on cotton and therefore on slavery."

In fact, most of the causes listed on that page, four out of five, revolved around slavery, including the growth of the abolition movement, the fight over allowing slavery in new states, and the election of Abraham Lincoln, who was seen as anti-slavery.

The fourth link on Google was from the Civil War Preservation Trust. The trust wrote "The Civil War was the culmination of a series of confrontations concerning the institution of slavery."

Just in case the Internet led us astray, we also reached out to a pair of experts on the history of the Civil War.

They, too, said McInnes got it fundamentally wrong.

Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia University, used the words of secessionists themselves as proof of their intentions.

"Read South Carolinas Declaration of the causes of secession," Foner said. "It is all about protecting slavery."

Indeed, the first sentence refers to slaveholding states, and throughout, the institution of slavery is the pivot point around which all else turns.

Historian Stephanie McCurry at the University of Pennsylvania points to Mississippiโ€™s declaration of secession. Sentence two begins, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery."

So just to be clear: Slavery led to secession, which led to the Civil War. 

Our ruling
McInnes said that the Civil War wasnโ€™t about slavery. McInnesโ€™ preferred research method, Google, proved him wrong. In the words of the seceding states themselves, the South wanted to secede because it wanted to preserve slavery. That, in turn, started the Civil War.

McInnesโ€™ Twitter profile shows a man staring intently with eyes crossed, which captures the accuracy of tweet.

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Baby on board! Bristol Palin revealed some big news on Thursday, June 25: Shes pregnant with her second child.

The Alaska native -- already mom to son Tripp, 6, from her relationship with ex Levi Johnston -- announced the news in a blog post "sooner than [she] ever expected due to the constant trolls who have nothing better to talk about." She did not specify how far along she is or name the father.

"Honestly, Ive been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one," Sarah Palins daughter, 24, wrote in her post. "At the end of the day theres nothing I cant do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace."

Bristol was due to marry Marine Dakota Meyer in late May but canceled her Memorial Day weekend wedding about a week before. "I know Gods plan is greater than anything else," she wrote at the time, "and Tripp and I are in Alaska beginning to rebuild our lives under much different circumstances than we anticipated."

Those circumstances now include the Dancing With the Stars alums pregnancy. "Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up," she blogged on June 25. "When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher."

Bristol also preemptively addressed her critics in the post, writing, "I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you. But please respect Tripps and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy."

She added: "My little family always has, and always will come first. Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful."
 
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