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Trump Says U.S. Will Reinstate Metal Tariffs on Brazil and Australia

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President Trump said on Monday that he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, accusing the two countries of artificially weakening their currencies and hurting American farmers.

Mr. Trump, in a message on Twitter, said the currency manipulation by Brazil and Argentina was hurting American farmers. “There, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries.”

The Trump administration initially exempted Brazil and Argentina from the president’s sweeping metal tariffs in 2018, after the United States said it had reached trade deals with those countries.

It is unclear exactly what prompted Mr. Trump’s message on Twitter. Argentina’s currency has weakened but the country has been in the midst of an economic crisis.

But both Argentina and Brazil have benefited from the president’s trade war with China, which has hurt American exports of soybeans and other products.

Brazil and Argentina have picked up much of that business, replacing the United States as a large purveyor of farm goods to China.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Steve Bullock Is Dropping Out Of The Presidential Race

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

Bullock was the only governor remaining in the sprawling 2020 primary field, and he was the only candidate in the race to win statewide in a state President Donald Trump won in 2016.

Bullock’s campaign also said he would not run for U.S. Senate against GOP Sen. Steve Daines. Senate Democrats have hoped to recruit Bullock into that race.

His campaign, which aimed to highlight his ability to win over Republican voters while emphasizing progressive priorities like limiting the influence of money in politics, failed to catch fire. He entered the race in May, after his state’s legislative session, and only managed to qualify for a single debate while struggling to raise money and break through in a crowded field. 

“Today, I am suspending my campaign to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President,” Bullock said in a statement. “While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates.”

“I entered this race as a voice to win back the places we lost, bridge divides and rid our system of the corrupting influence of Dark Money,” he continued. “While the concerns that propelled me to enter in the first place have not changed, I leave this race filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign.”

Bullock’s decision to quit the race reflects, in part, the continuing strength of Vice President Joe Biden. Bullock and a host of other candidates entered the race believing Biden would falter, and establishment Democratic officials and donors would go looking for alternatives. But Biden remains the leading candidate in almost every national poll. 

It also reflects the diminished position of governors in the presidential contest. All three governors who entered the race – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bullock – have now dropped out of the race. Hickenlooper opted to exit the race and run for Senate against GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. He’s now the leading Democratic candidate in the race.

Democratic operatives believe Bullock, who won re-election in 2016 as Trump romped in the state and remains popular there, is the only candidate who could seriously challenge Daines. Republicans view him as a serious threat, and they have aired ads in the state attacking him. But Bullock’s campaign reiterated his decision to stay out of the contest.

“Governor Bullock will continue to faithfully and effectively serve the people of Montana as their Governor,” said Galia Slayen, Bullock’s communications director. “While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as a Governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate.”

Bullock is the second candidate to drop out of the race in as many days, following former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak

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Steelers players slam Browns coach Freddie Kitchens over T-shirt: ‘Why throw gas?’

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Pittsburgh Steelers players slammed Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens after the team’s win over their AFC North rivals Sunday for a T-shirt he wore more than two weeks after a helmet-swinging incident.

Kitchens was seen prior to the game wearing a shirt that blamed the Steelers for inciting a brawl that led to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett removing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph helmet’s and hitting him over the head with it. Kitchen’s shirt read, “Pittsburgh Started It.”

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“I know that our coach never would have done anything like that,” Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster said after the 20-13 win, according to ESPN. “Why throw gas? When you do something like that, you throw your players in harm’s way. He’s not on the field. You throw your players in harm’s way when you do stuff like that with a vengeance. And I hate that for them.”

David DeCastro, another Steelers offensive lineman added: “I thought it was pretty stupid. That’s a lot of bulletin board material. I don’t know why you do that as a coach. I just don’t get that. Of course it’s going to motivate us. What are you thinking? It’s just not smart.”

CLEVELAND BROWNS HEAD COACH FREDDIE KITCHENS PICTURED WEARING ‘PITTSBURGH STARTED IT’ T-SHIRT

Kitchens said after the game he would wear the T-shirt again.

“I wore a T-shirt,” he said. “I wore a jacket with it. My daughters wanted me to wear the shirt. I’d wear it again. I put on a jacket, I covered it up, I took a picture, that was simple as that. A T-shirt didn’t cause us to give up 40-yard passes. We were ready to play. That’s the only thing people need to be concerned about. We were ready to play.”

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield also defended Kitchens.

“I don’t really have a comment on that. It’s just a T-shirt. I’ve done much worse.”

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Some Steelers players were wearing “Free Pouncey” sweatshirts before the game. Garrett was indefinitely suspended over the brawl, Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi got one game and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey got two games. Rudolph was fined about $50,000 for his role.

The Steelers moved to 7-5 with the win, while the Browns fell to 5-7.

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This Is the Single Best Argument For Why Trump Should Be Impeached and Removed: He tried to meddle in the 2020 election. It’s crazy to say that you have to let him participate in the 2020 election in order to render a verdict on his attempt to cheat in it.

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I think the 20+ sexual harassment/assault/rape allegations made is a close contender. Combine that with the campaign finance violations and paying 170k to a porn star this seems like a solid option.

The stealing of money from military charity seems to be a good reason as well. Attacking military veterans and POWS is another. Shitting on all 13 of our intelligence agencies is a problem. Sending our military boys to Saudi Arabia as hired goons is probably illegal if not immoral as hell.

But yeah, i guess the election meddling is a good option.

Also bribing Ukraine, concentration camps on the border, a literal ban of muslims, the six trump campaign officials now charged felons (stone, manafort, cohen, papadopoulos, flynn, etc).

What about embracing white nationalist sentiments?

How about Tax fraud?

The daily violation of the emoluments clause?

Having rallies in the middle of your term? Golfing literally all the fucking time? Angrily tweeting the other hours of the day away?

I guess what im trying to say is sure, start with the election meddling.

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This Is the Single Best Argument For Why Trump Should Be Impeached and Removed: He tried to meddle in the 2020 election. It’s crazy to say that you have to let him participate in the 2020 election in order to render a verdict on his attempt to cheat in it.

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I think the 20+ sexual harassment/assault/rape allegations made is a close contender. Combine that with the campaign finance violations and paying 170k to a porn star this seems like a solid option.

The stealing of money from military charity seems to be a good reason as well. Attacking military veterans and POWS is another. Shitting on all 13 of our intelligence agencies is a problem. Sending our military boys to Saudi Arabia as hired goons is probably illegal if not immoral as hell.

But yeah, i guess the election meddling is a good option.

Also bribing Ukraine, concentration camps on the border, a literal ban of muslims, the six trump campaign officials now charged felons (stone, manafort, cohen, papadopoulos, flynn, etc).

What about embracing white nationalist sentiments?

How about Tax fraud?

The daily violation of the emoluments clause?

Having rallies in the middle of your term? Golfing literally all the fucking time? Angrily tweeting the other hours of the day away?

I guess what im trying to say is sure, start with the election meddling.

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Heisman winner, former coach Pat Sullivan dies at 69

Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69.

Sullivan’s family released a statement saying he “died peacefully at home” Sunday morning, surrounded by relatives. The former quarterback was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003 and the statement said he “fought a long and difficult battle as a result of his treatments.”

Sullivan was a College Football Hall of Famer who played four seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, wrapping up his playing career in 1976 with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.

He was on the search committee when Auburn hired coach Gus Malzahn.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Sullivan, one of Auburn’s all-time greats on and off the field,” Malzahn said. “I will forever be indebted to Coach Sullivan for helping bring me back to Auburn to serve as the head football coach.

“He was a friend, mentor and a man of great character who was beloved by many generations of Auburn fans.”

Sullivan began coaching at Samford in 2007 and stepped down in December 2014, citing health issues

He went on to serve as special advisor to the president for campus and community development.

“Coaching is a grind. Right now I need more balance in my life,” Sullivan said in announcing his resignation. “I need to pay more attention to my health and I want to spend more time with (wife) Jean, my children and grandchildren. I owe that to them. But I’m not done working and I’m not leaving Samford.”

He was TCU’s head coach from 1992-97 and then worked as UAB’s offensive coordinator before taking over at Samford. Sullivan was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1991.

He entered the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

“Pat Sullivan gave Samford all and more than we could have asked,” Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said. “His teams won games, his players persisted to earn degrees. By personal example, he led everyone closer to Christ and he brought honor to our university.”

Sullivan led the nation in total offense as a junior in 1970, teaming up with wide receiver Terry Beasley to pass for 2,586 yards. He passed for 2,012 yards and a career-best 20 touchdowns as a senior, securing the Heisman with a 248-yard, four-touchdown performance against Georgia. Sullivan edged Cornell’s Ed Marinaro 1,597-1,445 in Heisman voting.

Sullivan was an All-American and SEC Player of the Year his last two seasons.

“He was a kind and humble gentleman, who was an Auburn legend,” Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said. “He made a lasting impact on Auburn as the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner, a coach and longtime ambassador.”

Before going to Auburn, he was a three-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham

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Ole Miss fires coach Matt Luke after 3 seasons, 15-21 record

Mississippi fired football coach Matt Luke on Sunday, three days after his third non-winning season ended with an excruciating rivalry game loss.

Athletic director Keith Carter said in a statement the decision to change coaches was made after evaluating the trajectory of the program and not seeing see enough “momentum on the field.”

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program,” Carter said.

Luke, a former Ole Miss offensive lineman and assistant coach, was elevated to interim head coach about two weeks before preseason practice started in 2017 when Mississippi fired Hugh Freeze.

Luke guided the Rebels, who were already banned from the postseason by the NCAA, to a 6-6 record that helped him land a four-year deal through 2021. With the program facing another bowl ban in 2018 and other NCAA sanctions, Luke and the Rebels went 5-7.

Ole Miss finished this season 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Southeastern Conference, including a 21-20 loss on Thanksgiving night to Mississippi State. Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore scored a potential tying touchdown with seconds left in the Egg Bowl, but was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after he pretended to urinate in the end zone like a dog.

The Rebels’ kicker then missed an extra point that was 15 yards longer than the usual distance because of the penalty.

The 43-year-old Luke is the third SEC to be fired this season, joining Arkansas’ Chad Morris and Missouri’s Barry Odom, and the fourth head coach around the country to lose his job Sunday.

Also, let go were Steve Addazio at Boston College, Charlie Strong at South Florida and Frank Wilson at UTSA.

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This Ridiculously Easy Eggnog Cake Will Win Every Holiday Party

Just when you think you’ve got the holidays covered, you remember you agreed to bring a dessert to your office party. Let’s take the stress out of at least one aspect of the holiday season with a simple seasonal recipe that’s perfect for any gathering. I present to you a super easy eggnog Bundt cake. And this one has a festive rum glaze.

This recipe amps up a plain old boxed white cake mix (because it’s the holidays and we’re busy) and makes it into something delightful and delicious. Incorporating spiced rum in the batter brings out all of the familiar flavors of winter, making you feel all warm and cozy on the inside. It also uses vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon to replicate those seasonal flavors. Replace the milk you’d usually use in a cake mix with eggnog to give the cake a creamy texture while keeping it incredibly moist. It also adds another level of sweetness. Eggnog is a hard sell for some, but trust me on this one ― you’ll see eggnog in a whole new light.

The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity. The cake is ready for the oven after just a few minutes of mixing. The glaze comes together with only four ingredients ― powdered sugar, more rum, more eggnog and cinnamon ― and it can be whipped up in the time it takes for the cake to cool.

This is just the thing to warm up you and your friends this holiday season.

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Eggnog Cake with Rum Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16.25 ounces) white cake mix

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup eggnog

  • 1/4 cup spiced rum

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

  • Non-stick cooking spray

For the Rum Glaze

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together white cake mix, nutmeg and cinnamon; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggnog, rum and vanilla; set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

5. Add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the wet mixture in two additions, scraping the bowl as needed.

6. Pour batter into prepared Bundt cake pan.

7. Place in oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.

8. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then invert cake onto a serving plate and let cool an additional 30 minutes.

9. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar, rum, eggnog and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Pour glaze over cooled cake and let sit for 30 minutes to harden before serving.

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A Harlem School That Former Students Say Is Run Like ‘A Cult’ Faces New Scrutiny

NEW YORK — Five years ago when Kaiya showed up for the first day of senior year at Atlah High School in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, she had barely made it in the building before an administrator told her to leave. She was told she had been expelled from the school. 

But not because she had done anything wrong. 

It turns out, she had merely offended the school’s leaders ― overseen by Superintendent James Manning, who is also the pastor of the church affiliated with the school ― by spending her summer break on a vacation with family, when school was out, instead of attending the graduation ceremony for the students a year above her.

And now, they were ready to ruin her life over it.  

A HuffPost investigation published in April revealed that Atlah World Missionary Church ― designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center ― runs a K-12 private school where kids have been psychologically abused and systematically taught to fear LGBTQ people. The story was based on interviews with 27 people connected to the church and school, many of them former students with similar stories to Kaiya who said the institution was run like “a cult.” 

HuffPost has spoken with nine more former students, former congregants and relatives of current church members. They have corroborated details of HuffPost’s initial report and contributed their own similar stories. They describe a pastor who harshly punishes students and promotes estrangement within families, at the same time running a private school that falsely bills itself as a high-tech, cutting-edge success. 

On Sunday, seven months after HuffPost first asked the New York City Department of Education about these allegations, the agency told HuffPost it is investigating it. The agency is responsible for making sure private schools within its geographic district provide instruction that is “substantially equivalent” to that offered in public schools. 

“Every student deserves a safe, high-quality education. We are investigating these allegations and urge anyone who believes they may have been the victim of misconduct to contact us,” department spokesperson Danielle Filson said in an email to HuffPost. 

The agency did not provide details on what the investigation entails. 

The New York State Department of Education has also been working to schedule a visit to the school, to determine whether it should be allowed to register with the state. The school has had pending registration status since at least 2013, which allows it to hand out diplomas approved by New York state while it waits for a decision. Since HuffPost’s initial investigation, the agency has reached out to obtain the information required to make such a determination but has not received the requested information, a spokesperson told HuffPost in October.

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Damon Dahlen/HuffPost The Atlah World Missionary Church building in Harlem, New York, on April 16, 2019.

Still, in recent months, former students have continued to come forward with their own stories of what they experienced, even as Manning has worked to discredit HuffPost’s initial investigation into Atlah. Manning called the investigation a hit job from “LGBTQ mafia” that had been written by a “lesbian witch.” He especially pushed back on an allegation that he sexually harassed and inappropriately touched a former student when she was 18. (The police previously investigated this case and wouldn’t comment on why it was closed.)  

Some former students like Kaiya, who is going by her first name to protect her privacy, had their schooling interrupted over a petty grudge. Others were punished in draconian, humiliating ways for minor indiscretions. Some former students had family members disown them at Manning’s urging, leading to devastating rifts.

As Kaiya learned, she was being punished for choosing a pre-booked family vacation over a mandatory school event, which took place over the summer. Her family had already spent money on the vacation, and she didn’t imagine she could be punished for choosing to go with them rather than attend the Atlah event. She had always earned good grades and gotten along well with her classmates in her over two years at the school. 

Now, after recently graduating from St. John’s University with a degree in education, she can’t believe her former school still exists. 

“I almost feel like I was robbed of my high school experience,” said Kaiya. “A cult is what I compare it to.”

Yet about two dozen students shuffled through Atlah’s doors when the academic year started in September, entering a school that bills itself as one that can save children “from the homosexual demons in the public school system.”

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The ‘Greatest School In America’ 

Kaiya was allowed to return to Atlah after her mom pushed back against the expulsion. But there were strings attached.

Kaiya’s family members, who say they paid about $300 a month in tuition fees for their daughter to attend Atlah, would be required to spend up to six hours every Saturday attending church services at Atlah ― with the exception of Kaiya’s brother, who has cerebral palsy and is severely disabled. To comply with the demands, Kaiya’s family hired a home health aide to take care of him on church days. The family had an hour-and-a-half commute from Brooklyn, making their commute three hours round trip on top of the six hours at the church. 

“[Manning’s] control comes from you being there all the time,” Kaiya said. “With that stipulation, he had leverage.”

The truce didn’t last long. 

Kaiya’s family was once 15 minutes late to Saturday church services. As punishment, Kaiya was given a day of in-school suspension where she sat all day in the school office. And when Kaiya informed the administration that she would miss an upcoming Saturday service to attend a citywide music program to which she had been accepted, she was slammed with a three-day out-of-school suspension. 

Kaiya’s mother, Paula, had learned about Atlah after watching videos of Manning’s sermons. She thought he preached the truth, and she started going to services. He told the family he ran the greatest school in America. His school was too high-tech to use textbooks ― instead, he said, the school employed cutting-edge equipment to create a virtual reality curriculum. Kaiya left the public school she had been attending for Atlah, amid promises of a high-tech, stellar education. 

The school turned out to be not at all what the family expected. 

When Kaiya showed up to the school in February 2012, she was directed to a classroom in a dusty converted bedroom on the top floor of Atlah’s building. 

“They told me it was a virtual school. They said it was all state of the art. I was literally in a closet with some books,” said Paula, who in need of a job, worked there for six months as a teacher before getting dismissed. (She says she believes she was let go partly because of her willingness to question Manning.)

By her sophomore year, Kaiya says, her classes took place in the church sanctuary. Students sat in pews or on the ground, taking notes on the hard floor. In her junior year, Kaiya took classes in a vestibule area, where tables and chairs had been set up in a makeshift fashion. 

But Kaiya kept her head down, eager to get her diploma and move on. Kaiya was a good student, and she had made friends. For the most part, the school seemed manageable.

That changed her senior year. By October, Kaiya’s family members were fed up with her being punished at school for missing church. They decided to transfer her to a public school. 

“It happens nowhere else,” Kaiya said of the bizarre punishments she faced.

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Damon Dahlen/HuffPost Kaiya was punished for choosing a pre-booked family vacation over a mandatory Atlah High School event, which took place over the summer and on the weekend.

Punishment Designed To Maximize Humiliation

Many people who have followed Manning’s career say his preaching has become more bombastic and his temper more erratic in recent years. Indeed, over the summer, the church’s lawyer, Stuart Shaw, quit. In legal documents filed as part of the church’s attempt to fight foreclosure, Shaw wrote that Manning “repeatedly addressed me in an inappropriate and vile manner,” and expressed concern that the pastor had not provided congregants with a full explanation of the church’s legal issues. The church is working to stave off foreclosure after failing to pay over $1 million in back taxes and unpaid bills, with Manning arguing the church should be tax-exempt and free from such fees. (When reached, Shaw wouldn’t comment further on the situation, pointing HuffPost to the aforementioned documents filed in the foreclosure proceeding.)

But Carl Aiken, now 31, remembers feeling the wrath of the school’s harsh disciplinary approaches ― overseen by Manning ― as part of Atlah High School’s second graduating class in 2006. 

Aiken’s transgression was simple and classically adolescent: He refused to join his classmates in singing during a morning hymn session his senior year, and then mouthed off to his teacher. 

His punishment seemed designed to maximize humiliation.

For part of a week, Aiken was forced to spend the day in the school’s pre-K classroom. The teenager, who says he was 6 feet, 2 inches tall at the time, sat alongside 4-year-olds, squeezing into tiny chairs that didn’t fit him. 

I was sent there to be humiliated,” Aiken said.

For the other part of the week, he was forced to scrub toilets all day. He recalls a teacher supervising him, breathing down his neck, eager to tell him when he had missed a spot. 

I believe certain things we do in our lives from birth to death, are destined for us to bear witness,” said Aiken, who now lives in Queens and has two kids of his own.

“It was all for me to observe and one day speak my piece about,” he added.

Manning admitted in a video he made in response to HuffPost’s initial investigation that students are sometimes made to clean toilets or perform other manual tasks as punishment and that the school isn’t shy about expelling students if he considers them a disruption.

In every school situation there are students that occasionally have to be dismissed,” Manning said in the April video

“We made a decision many years ago rather than suspending students, if the infractions are not all that bad we would allow them to clean toilets or clean the boiler room,” he continued. 

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Damon Dahlen/HuffPost The Atlah World Missionary Church building in Harlem, New York, on April 16, 2019.

The Center Of The Universe

Kaiya’s and Aiken’s situations were relatively unusual because they maintained the support of their families. For many people involved with Atlah, Manning is the center of their world. Sometimes they rely on him for spiritual guidance, shelter, schooling and employment. Sometimes Manning determines with whom they can socialize, to which family members they can talk and how they spend their money.

David Sincere Sherman, who is now 26 and works at a hotel in Rhode Island, doesn’t remember a time when his life didn’t revolve around Manning. He was born into the church and attended its school his entire life. For much of his childhood, he didn’t know anyone outside of Atlah. He wasn’t even allowed to chat with family members who weren’t in the church community.

That changed the summer between his junior and senior years of high school, while he was an unpaid counselor at Atlah’s summer camp in 2010.

He showed up to the camp in sneakers, an item that had long been banned by Manning. Manning said sneakers were “ghetto,” and he asked church attendees and students to wear dress shoes. 

Sherman was asked to leave and to not come back. He was expelled from school and kicked out of the church ― all over his choice of footwear, he says. He spent his senior year at a public high school. 

The punishment changed the trajectory of his life and shattered some of his closest bonds. 

Sherman says his mother, who is still involved with the church, took Manning’s side. She kicked him out of the house on the day of his high school graduation. They no longer have a relationship, Sherman said. She did not respond to requests for comment. 

“I truly believe if he told them to do anything, the people who are still there, they would legitimately do it,” Sherman said of Manning. “People are literally abandoning their children to do this.”

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Never Looking Back

Kaiya tried not to look back after switching to public school in 2014. But a year later, that became nearly impossible. That winter, she heard from an old friend named Tamar. 

They had gone to Atlah together. Tamar had been in the grade above Kaiya. 

Tamar confided that Manning had been speaking to her inappropriately. Kaiya believed Tamar immediately, even before she heard the recording Tamar had made proving it. In the tape, Manning can be heard telling Tamar that he wants to take off her clothing. In it, he also says that he first started having feelings for Tamar when she started at the school. She started at the school when she was 14 years old. (In response, Manning has repeatedly said the tape was doctored). 

In the years that followed, Kaiya watched Tamar struggle with trust issues. She also saw how Manning destroyed the lives of several of her other friends from Atlah: He kicked them out of school, made their families desert them, and in some cases, left them homeless.  

HuffPost’s previous investigation of Atlah centered on the stories of Tamar, her ex-boyfriend Sharif Hassan and several other students. 

Kaiya read the story from home, hoping that Manning would finally be forced to answer for his behavior.

But in the days that followed, she watched Manning wage a smear campaign against her friends, sometimes with consent — and even participation — from their families.

I know this is not very pleasant for some who are connected to them by blood and family members, but they’re thugs,” Manning said from the pulpit several days after the story came out, referring to the former students who told their stories to HuffPost. 

He continued, saying one former student “hasn’t graduated from anything, not even graduated from being an idiot and a liar.” He posted pictures of two of the students in the article, with the captions “Thug #1” and “Thug #2.” In one video he said that while we need stricter “gun control in school, we also need stricter thug control.” 

In an interview with the New York Public Radio station WNYC several days after the article’s publication, Manning further tried to discredit the investigation and his former students. 

“Who the hell is interested in four boys who don’t have a high school diploma, one of them, not in college, not married, don’t have a job?” he asked. “Who is interested in that story of four black boys in Harlem?”

Over the summer, the giant letterboard sign outside the church read, “The LGBTQ mafia is posting lies, attempting a hit job on our church. They want Harlem to be white and homo.”

Manning did not respond to requests for comment for this article. 

At the same time, Manning has continued to brag about certain students’ success and has tweeted that his school is the best in America. He has touted students who have gone from Atlah to Ivy League schools or gotten large scholarships. 

Kaiya knows she might be considered one of those success stories. She thrived at St. John’s University and is planning to go to graduate school. But she thinks that whatever success she may have is in spite of Manning, not because of him. 

She’s just happy she got out when she did.

“You surrender total control to him,” she said.

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USF fires coach Charlie Strong after 3-season slide

South Florida fired coach Charlie Strong on Sunday after three seasons in which the Bulls won fewer games each year.

USF made the move two days after finishing a 4-8 season with a blowout loss to rival UCF. That left Strong 21-16 overall but 4-14 since starting the 2018 season with seven straight victories.

“I have tremendous respect for Coach Strong and his dedication to recruiting and developing young men of talent and character and leading them with integrity. He has represented USF with dignity and class and we wish Coach and his family the very best,” USF athletic director Michael Kelly said in a statement.

The former Texas and Louisville coach was hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart after the 2016 season. Strong led the Bulls to a 10-2 record in that first year in Tampa behind star quarterback Quinton Flowers. After starting 7-0 in 2018, the Bulls ended the season with six straight losses, and this season has been filled with lopsided losses.

The 59-year-old Strong, who was a longtime defensive coordinator in the Southeastern Conference with plenty of recruiting ties to the state of Florida, is 74-53 overall in 10 seasons as a head coach.

USF has been playing major college football for 23 years and has had some high-level success, with 10 seasons of eight victories or more and 10 bowl appearances.

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