Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A momentous day in Egypt: “Egyptians went to the polls Wednesday to choose their first freely elected president in a vote that could end 15 chaotic months of military rule and define the future of political Islam.”
* Delicate talks: “Six world powers laid out detailed proposals on Wednesday for Iran to ease the urgency of international concerns about its nuclear program, including a freeze on its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, close to bomb grade, in return for modest benefits.”
* A quickening home-construction pulse: “New-home sales edged up 3.3 percent from March to April to a seasonally adjusted 343,000-unit annual pace after a 332,000-unit rate in March, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.”
* An unpleasant afternoon for Mark Sullivan: “The director of the U.S. Secret Service publicly apologized for the first time Wednesday for a prostitution scandal that has rocked his agency as senior lawmakers strongly disputed his insistence that what unfolded last month in Cartagena, Colombia, occurred in isolation.”
* President Obama talked up a “new era of American leadership” at a commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy.