Online databases are what make the web great. The first one I ever discovered was imdb.com which I hit all the time to keep up with movies I’ve missed or would like to see from my favorite actors and directors.
The brand, spankin’ new US Congress Votes Database (warning: popups) from washingtonpost.com will prove a valuable too to all my politically-minded friends (of very stripe). You can keep tabs on your elected officials and slice and dice their votes in various ways. Fun for the whole family (via metafilter).