The provocative question of how "big data" will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.

A young girl stood up at the microphone in front of a theater packed with adults and asked the speaker how she could ensure she receives an adequate science education. Richard Dawkins, world renowned British evolutionary biologist, who is said to be the most cited living scientist, paused. Then he said he was sorry if her teachers were "refusing to teach seriously." He urged her to complain, and advised open-mindedness and critical thinking. "Ask yourself, is this the kind of thing you're being told because of evidence or just from authority," he said. "Mistrust it if it is from authority."

Twenty-four dollars.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Monday, April 14:

The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, April 14:

When President Barack Obama and the first lady made a return visit to Fort Hood last week, they paused in front of the kind of memorials we have become accustomed to seeing since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Getting to this old port town required us to rise early from our Hotel Catamaran cabins on pylons over water.

After being sued by the Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of the 100 doctors who received the largest payments in 2012 were from Florida.

No matter what happens in the midterm election this November, a larger political scenario looms for 2016.

Dear CNN:

How do you recognize a military veteran? Really see them, once they're out of military fatigues. No boots and camouflage. After the homecoming is over, with its flags and patriotic speeches and TV cameras and families weeping in relief.

So this is it for Kathleen Sebelius. The former Kansas governor apparently will officially announce her resignation as U.S. health and human services secretary on Friday.

Anna Karcher knows something about sacrifice.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, April 8:

As stealthily as it reared its ugly head, the power to harness prejudice against gay people to win national elections is shriveling up and dying a well-deserved death.

There's a dangerous human tendency to gradually pay less attention to crises that unfold over long periods of time. That, of course, is possible only for those whose daily lives are not directly affected. For everyone else, it creates an unconscious illusion that the situation can be ignored without consequences.

This is a column about campaign finance reform.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Monday, April 7:

There's a reason we all love to "reply" to emails we receive, while striving to avoid an inappropriate "reply all." Internet addresses can be so messy, and even the tiniest error misdirects our communication. Soon the Internet addressing challenge will be even more difficult, as "Top Level Domains" (TLDs) mushroom from a handful of familiar ones (.com, .org, .gov, .uk) to a flock of hundreds, many written in unfamiliar alphabets.

General Motors is in a world of hurt.

With much chest-thumping, Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed a law clipping auto-tag fees by about $25 per vehicle in the state. He used the opportunity to blast former Gov. Charlie Crist for raising those fees five years ago.

In a last, desperate, attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from failure, a tripartite deal was hurriedly cooked: Israel would reportedly freeze settlements and release Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinians would stay at the negotiating table, and the Americans would release Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who was jailed for life in 1987 for passing secret documents to Israel.

Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington.

March ended with this uplifting news: For the first time in seven years, no U.S. soldiers died that month in combat. Not one.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Friday, April 4:

The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday, April 4:

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