Good morning, folks. It's still freezing, and Trump spent last night tweeting about his "nuclear button," and I'm sure there's a dark cold war joke in there somewhere. But it might snow tonight, so that's something, right?

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Pedestrians along Chestnut St. at 16th brave the bone-chilling-see-your-breath cold at lunchtime on December 28, 2017.
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Pedestrians along Chestnut St. at 16th brave the bone-chilling-see-your-breath cold at lunchtime on December 28, 2017.

Believe it or not, today is set to be the warmest of the week. A nor'easter is on its way and the Philly region could see anywhere from one to three inches of snow in the city to four to six inches at the shore between today and tomorrow.

Surrounding counties have issued "Code Blue" warnings and set up warming centers and extra shelters for those in need during the deep freeze.

Of course, the extreme cold has also led to water main breaks and frozen pipes throughout the area. Afraid your home might meet the same fate? Here's how to keep those pipes warm — and what to do when it's too late.

Larry Krasner, the civil rights lawyer known for defending activists and protesters, was sworn in yesterday as Philadelphia's district attorneyKrasner promised throughout his campaign to focus on criminal justice reform, from ending use of the death penalty and the cash bail system to reducing the prison population.

Rebecca Rhynhart, also part of the city's new Democratic movement, officially became the city controller yesterday, too. Now, the Inquirer Editorial Board writes, we must hold them both accountable to their promises.

But that's just the beginning of what's sure to be a tumultuous year in Pennsylvania politics. From the gerrymandering case to congressional races, here are the five things to look out for in 2018.

President Trump took to Twitter last night to seemingly threaten North Korea and brag about U.S. nuclear capabilities in response to a speech by Kim Jong Un. The "nuclear button" he bragged about doesn't exist, however.

He also threatened to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority via Twitter yesterday, which outraged Palestinian officials who called the tweets "blackmail."

In other White House news, the adminstration is reversing another set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama: they're scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents. Want updates on the Trump administration sent to your inbox? Sign up for our Trumpadelphia newsletter.

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