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Three Cheers For Federalism, Four States AGs Sue To Stop Internet Transfer To The UN

Looks like President Obama’s handover of the internet to the U.N. is going to have to wait awhile.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt filed a lawsuit on Wednesday night to stop the White House’s proposed transition of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.

The state officials cite constitutional concerns in their suit against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. government and the Department of Commerce.

“The Obama Administration’s decision violates the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution by giving away government property without congressional authorization, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by chilling speech, and the Administrative Procedure Act by acting beyond statutory authority,” a statement released by Paxton’s office reads.

—The Hill

The courts are something of a crapshoot these days, and congress is nowhere near as reliable as we would like, but this definitely looks like a win. At the very least  there’s no way this will be settled before the election, which means there’s one piece of Obama’s legacy that the country won’t have to endure.