In this issue: COMMENT "Uncomfortable Climate", by Elizabeth Kolbert: The Republicans take on global warming. THE FINANCIAL PAGE "Greedy Geezers?", by James Surowiecki: Seniors' hostility toward health-care reform. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Cheesy", by John Seabrook: How much cheese is good for you? WASHINGTON CHRONICLES "The First Kitchen", by Laura Shapiro: Everybody in Washington knew the rule—when you’re invited to Roosevelt White House, eat before you go… A REPORTER AT LARGE "Nature's Spoils", by Burkhard Bilger: Notes from the food underground. SPECIALTIES "Borscht", by Aleksandar Hemon: The crucial ingredients for the popular Eastern European soup. "Christmas Pudding", by Colm Toibin: A time of unmitigated luxury. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Last Chances", by David Denby: Reviews of The Next Three Days and Morning Glory.