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Here are the important stories to know for Thursday, August 31:

1. Defense Secretary James Mattis made it clear that transgender military members who are still serving won’t be affected by Trump’s ban...at least for now.

2. Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren is joining Fox News as a contributor.

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