Cancer is a demon that doctors have desperately tried to exorcise for decades. It is the body turned against itself, where the natural programming of healthy cells runs amok. The dysregulation of the orderly signaling pathways is linked to the balance between cellular growth and cellular specialization of the cell life cycle. The result is unrestrained cellular proliferation accumulating into large tumors that interrupt the normal functions of vital organs.

Since cancerous cells are derived from normal cells of the body, the human immune system does not see them as disease because the immune system is trained only to distinguish between “self” and “non-self.” This prevents the body from attacking itself, though disorders where this mechanism fails are known as autoimmune diseases.

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Speaking at a White House press conference, President Donald Trump appeared to take responsibility for recent events in Syria, condemning the chemical attack that killed more than 80 civilians as a "heinous" act.

"Yesterday's chemical attack, a chemical attack that was so horrific in Syria against innocent people, including women, small children and even beautiful little babies, their deaths were an affront to humanity," Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden alongside Jordan's King Abdullah II. "These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this horrific attack and all other horrific attacks, for that matter."

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Speaking on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama mounted a spirited defense of his signature health care law even as Republicans prepare to repeal it altogether.

"When I took office, millions of Americans were locked out of our health care system, So, just as leaders in both parties had tried to do since the days of Teddy Roosevelt, we took up the cause of health reform. It was a long battle, carried out in Congressional hearings and in the public square for more than a year," Obama said. He acknowledged that "ultimately, after a century of talk, decades of trying, and a year of bipartisan debate, our generation was the one that succeeded. We finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody."

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for President Donald Trump to substantiate his claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. "I think the president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve," the veteran senator said during an appearance yesterday on CNN's State of the Union.

"I have no reason to believe that the charge is true," McCain continued. "But I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute. All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence, and say, OK, what happened? Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower."

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FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower. The president leveled the allegations without evidence.

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted 235-180 to undo a regulation put in place by former President Barack Obama that had directed the Social Security Administration to update the FBI's national instant background check database with the names of disability recipients with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and severe anxiety.

Greg Giroux, a political reporter with Bloomberg, provided the party-line breakdown of the vote:

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Former President Barack Obama has released his first public statement since leaving office, criticizing President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order to curb immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and backing protesters who have, in recent days, taken to the nation's airports to support travelers who were detained. The former president ceded power to Trump just eleven days ago, and his statement breaks an unwritten rule that former presidents do not criticize their successors.

"Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake," he said in his statement through his spokesman, Kevin Lewis.

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