Trump warrant release, Inflation Reduction Act, Deshaun Watson in limbo: 5 things to know Friday

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Will Trump oppose request to unseal search warrant? He says he won't

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and property receipt from a search FBI agents conducted Monday at former President Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. Trump and his lawyers have until 3 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether to approve the DOJ's request to unseal the search warrant and related materials. Although the decision to unseal ultimately belongs to Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart, Trump could complicate things by opposing the department's request. "Trump objecting would certainly delay matters, but the judge has the final decision," said Mark Zaid, an attorney who specializes in national security matters. However, Trump said in a statement late Thursday he does not oppose unsealing the warrant. "Not only will I not oppose the release of the documents," Trump said. "I am going a step further by encouraging the immediate release of those documents."

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Inflation Reduction Act heads to the House

The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change and reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions ($369 billion). A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare program. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay down federal deficits. The Democrats' "Inflation Reduction Act" is heading to the House of Representatives Friday and, likely, a final passage in Congress will touch many American lives once President Joe Biden signs it into law. The legislation passed the Senate 51-50 along party lines Sunday after a long, grueling session of debate and negotiation that ended with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. While the bill didn't include many of Biden's social programs proposed in his larger original Build Back Better plan, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently said Senate Democrats "would return to those issues with a vengeance in the fall."

Fetterman plans 'raw' remarks in return to Pennsylvania Senate race

Pennsylvania Senate candidate, and the state's lieutenant governor, John Fetterman is expected to open up about his personal health challenges as he officially returns to the campaign trail Friday. The appearance will come more than 90 days after the Democrat suffered a stroke that threatened his life and political prospects in one of the nation's premier Senate contests. Fetterman will address voters Friday evening in Erie County, in the state's northwestern corner. The appearance marks the 52-year-old's only scheduled rally this month, although he's expected to appear at a handful of lower-profile events as he gradually ramps up his public schedule, according to campaign spokesman Joe Calvello. Fetterman, who was hospitalized after the May health scare, is expected to offer emotional remarks about his experience. He said in June that he almost died. Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity heart surgeon endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has railed against Fetterman's prolonged public absence.

Possible murder charge in GM plant death

Detectives in Michigan will present the case to prosecutors Friday for possible homicide charges after a fatal altercation at a General Motors car plant that makes the Chevy Bolt. The Orion Assembly plant was closed Thursday because of the incident, which the Oakland County sheriff's department said happened early Thursday. A 49-year-old Pontiac man died and a 48-year-old male coworker is in custody, the department said. "The item used in the slaying was recovered," the department added. GM said in a news release the suspect and victim were "employees of a third-party service provider." The Orion Assembly plant was closed Thursday because of the incident. It is set to reopen Friday.

Cleveland Browns plan to start Deshaun Watson in preseason opener

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to start in the team's preseason opener on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night (7 p.m. ET). But that hinges on whether a decision is made in the NFL's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension for personal conduct policy violations stemming from more than two-dozen allegations of sexual misconduct or sexual assault during massage appointments by women hired by him. Peter C. Harvey, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's designee to hear the league's appeal of Watson's suspension, could hand down a decision at any time, and that could mean an even longer suspension for Watson. Goodell this week reiterated his desire that Watson's original six-game suspension be extended upon appeal to at least a full season. Watson would be willing to accept an eight-game suspension and a $5 million fine to avoid missing the entire season, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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