Obama Visits Indonesia; Hearings on Oil Spill Resume; Afghans Back Taliban Talks
President Obama is in Indonesia Tuesday for a brief visit that will include meetings with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a major speech to the Muslim world, his second after his address in Cairo last year.
The president is seeking to strengthen ties with Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The erupting volcano on Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, which has forced many to evacuate, will shorten his visit as clouds of ash alter flight times — including that of Air Force One.
Second Day of BP Oil Spill Hearings
A bipartisan commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion begins its second day of hearings. The first day of hearings, in which officials from BP, Halliburton and Transocean were called to testify, focused on missteps that led up to the accident. Fred Bartlit, the commission’s chief counsel, said it didn’t find evidence of employees deliberately taking shortcuts on safety to save money.
President Bush Opens Up in New Memoir
Former President George W. Bush spoke with NBC’s Matt Lauer about his new memoir, “Decision Points,” in his first sit-down interview since leaving the White House. Bush spoke about his regrets over his handling of Hurricane Katrina, feeling sickened by images from Abu Ghraib, and not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Bush reiterated that he believes Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.
The former president also defended his time in office, saying “I’m comfortable knowing that I gave it my all. I love America, and I’m proud to have served.”
For more on “Decision Points,” check out The Morning Line by NewsHour Politics Editor David Chalian.
Polls Shows Many Afghans Back Talks With Taliban
A new poll shows that 83 percent of adults in Afghanistan back the government’s efforts to negotiate with Taliban fighters, according to a survey by the Asia Foundation. Many of those support providing incentives for fighters to lay down their arms in favor of jobs and other assistance programs. Taliban leaders, however, deny that they are in talks with the government.