With the new wireless chips going into passports and drivers licenses, not only does it make it easier to to pass through customs and other government check-points, it also makes it easier for the government to track you. Identity thieves can also steal your identity from 30 feet away without you knowing it. The article I linked to above details how someone can "skim" your identity without ever leaving his car.
Now that the Minnesota Supreme Court declared Al Franken the winner The Democrats have 58 seats with two Independents who regularly vote Left. That means that they can override any filibuster attempts by the Republicans, essentially giving the Left the ability to pass whatever legislation they want, assuming that they can get the whole party to vote in a certain way.