Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday he would "institute a national buyback program" if elected in 2020 to get assault weapons off the streets.

The big picture: The former vice president made the pledge in response to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Biden said he would push for background checks and reinstitute the assault weapons ban that he helped push through in 1994 but was unable to later reauthorize, the Washington Post notes.

  • Biden did not label President Trump a racist, as other 2020 candidates have in the wake of last weekend's shootings, but he told Cooper the president is playing a "dangerous game" by using incendiary language about immigrants. An anti-immigrant screed apparently uploaded by the El Paso suspect appeared online just before the shooting.

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  3. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
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Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump

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Sudan and Israel announced today that they will “end the state of belligerence” between them and start the process of normalizing ties.

Driving the news: The announcement came after a phone call hosted by President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and the head of Sudan's governing council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

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We're all guinea pigs for Tesla's latest self-driving tech

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Tesla is beta-testing its latest self-driving technology with a small group of early adopters, a move that alarms experts and makes every road user — including other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists — unwitting subjects in its ongoing safety experiment.

Why it matters: Tesla hailed the limited rollout of its "full self-driving" beta software as a key milestone, but the warnings on the car's touchscreen underscore the risk in using its own customers — rather than trained safety drivers — to validate the technology.