It wasn’t ransom–it was a felony

The reason we couldn’t just send a check for $400 million to Iran, according to President Obama, is because we take sanctions against the Iranian government seriously.  Unfortunately for the president, those sanctions mean that the payment, whatever you call it, was a violation of federal law.

Also: Suicide bomber kills at least 70 in Pakistan; jihadist in Belgium attacks two police women with machete; Delta Airlines resumes flights after massive computer crash; Hillary’s private email server might have cost Iranian nuke scientist his life; and HHS green lights human-animal hybrid genetic research.