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President Donald Trump and the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah shake hands at a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday Sept., 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At his joint press conference with the Emir of Kuwait on Thursday, President Trump said he "would be willing to be the mediator" for the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, even offering to host the feuding countries at the White House if necessary. He later added that if "certain countries" don't "stop the funding of terrorism, I don't want [the GCC] to come together."

Other highlights from the president:

  • On North Korea: "Military action is definitely an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing's inevitable... I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something certainly that could happen."
  • Palestine-Israel peace deal: "It's an event that's just never taken place... sometimes people think they're close and it just never happens... I think we have a chance of doing it... but again I say that a little bit reluctantly."
  • Syria: "As far as Syria's concerned, we have very little to do with Syria, other than killing ISIS."

Correction: the first sentence has been corrected to show President Trump did not mention Qatar by name, but said "certain countrines."

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The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.

Civil rights groups sue Oklahoma over law banning critical race theory

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A group of civil rights organizations is suing Oklahoma over a law that restricts discussion of race and gender in public schools.

Why it matters: The law is one of several Republican-led attempts to ban critical race theory (CRT), a concept that links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system.

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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.