Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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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.

* The Heartland Institute’s humiliations continue, as it touts an “expert” who freely admits he “has no scientific qualification” to challenge the science of climate change.

* Fox News viewers tend not to know much about current events.

* Do abortions cause breast cancer? No, but Republican policymakers in Kansas not only want you to believe otherwise, they want to force medical professionals to lie to the public. Remember, the right is against big government, but is for putting government between physicians and their patients.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated