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Samsung is making the pitch this morning that its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ aren't like all the other smartphones out there. Here are three reasons why that's at least partly true.

No home button: By removing the physical home button, the vast majority of the space on the front of the new Galaxies is devoted to pure screen. It gives the phone a clean look and adds extra space for browsing Web pages and documents.

That giant screen: By using a curved screen and getting rid of the home button, Samsung has managed to get a rather massive display on to both new models. The smaller, but still large, Galaxy S8 measures 5.8-inches diagonally, while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch display.

Bixby: While Apple has Siri and Google has its Assistant, Samsung says Bixby is a new kind of virtual assistant, capable of handling a much broader array of tasks. While initially limited to a handful of Samsung's own programs, Bixby is capable of doing nearly anything that can be done in those programs with a tap or a click.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for pre-order on March 30 and start shipping on April 21. We're still waiting to hear exact pricing.

Update: Verizon says the S8 will sell for $720 and the S8+ will fetch $840.

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Cuomo asks New York AG and chief judge to choose "independent" investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A special counselor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Sunday asking the state's attorney general and chief judge to jointly pick an "independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation" to investigate claims of sexual harassment against the governor. The AG's office subsequently turned down the offer, saying it wants to conduct its own probe.

The state of play: The statement is an about-face from Cuomo, who had previously selected a former judge close to a top aide to lead the investigation, the New York Times reported, a move that was widely criticized.

Republican Sen. Sasse slams Nebraska GOP for "weird worship" of Trump after state party rebuke

Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Neb.) Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

The Nebraska Republican Party on Saturday formally "rebuked" Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) for his vote to impeach former President Trump earlier this year, though it stopped short of a formal censure, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Sasse is the latest among a slate of Republicans who have faced some sort of punishment from their state party apparatus after voting to impeach the former president. The senator responded statement Saturday, per the Omaha World-Herald, saying "most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."

Cuomo barraged by fellow Dems after second harassment accusation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced a barrage of criticism from fellow Democrats after The New York Times reported that the second former aide in four days had accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: Cuomo had faced a revolt from legislators for his handling of nursing-home deaths from COVID. Now, the scandal is acutely personal, with obviously grave political risk.