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Congress Avoids Clash on Iran Sanctions But Road Ahead Uncertain

Congress appears poised to give the Barack Obama administration some early Christmas gifts as it finishes its work for the year.   A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate on Tuesday reached a budget compromise that, if passed by both bodies, would avert the threat of another government shutdown in early 2014. Meanwhile, a must-pass Pentagon spending bill put together in another Capitol Hill backroom omits new sanctions against Iran, which could torpedo the Nov. 24...

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