This article ties to what we are learning in American government becasue it has to do with congress. Mr. Kennedy was in congress but then he died so they are looking for a new congress men. They could loose some votes in things like the health care reform because Kennedy is now gone and no one is there to vote for him. In Government we learn about congress and what happens when they are looking for a new person to fill the spot for someone in congress. We learn about what congress does and how it helps our country. This article also talks about who they are looking for to fill Mr. Kennedys spot.