(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Georgia, the former Soviet Republic, on Monday, the last stop in a five-country tour of former Soviet bloc nations.
Clinton is due to discuss "regional peace and stability" with government officials in Georgia, which fought a short war with Russia in the summer of 2008 over a separatist region of Georgia which is backed by Moscow.
She arrives in the Caucasus nation after visiting its neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. She also held meetings in Ukraine and Poland on the five-nation trip.
Washington (CNN) - It's a holiday week and Congress is out of town, but there's no vacation from politics.
With less than four months to go until November's midterm elections, most lawmakers up for re-election this autumn are back in their home states and districts, reaching out to voters.
Also getting into the act this week, President Obama and Vice President Biden. Obama heads to Missouri and Nevada Thursday and Friday. He holds events on the economy, but also headlines campaign events for Robin Carnahan, the Missouri secretary of state and presumptive Democratic Senate nominee, and for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The senior senator from Nevada faces a difficult road to re-election this year.
After returning from Iraq, Biden travels to California at the end of the week to help Sen. Barbara Boxer raise campaign cash. The three-term Democrat also faces a tough re-election battle this year.
At stake this November is control of Congress. Republicans can regain the majority in the House with a pickup of 39 seats, and can take control of the Senate with a pickup of 10 seats. And voters in 37 states will also be casting ballots for governor, as well as a host of other statewide offices.
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CNN: Republicans line up on opposite sides over latest Steele controversy
Republicans lined up on opposite sides Sunday over comments by the chairman of the Republican National Committee that the Afghanistan war launched by former President George W. Bush was "of (President Barack) Obama's choosing" and may be unwinnable. Speaking from Afghanistan, GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina lambasted Michael Steele for the comments, which McCain called "wildly inaccurate" and Graham characterized as "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely," while follow Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said Steele should apologize to the military.