Congress Passes Tougher Russia Sanctions But Gives Obama Leeway

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on December 1, 2014 in Ankara during his official one-day visit to Turkey. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The U.S. Congress has voted for tougher sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, moving beyond steps the White House and European Union have been willing to take while giving President Barack Obama leeway in applying most of the provisions.

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