Denver Public School district teachers rally in downtown Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

After 15 months of unresolved talks, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district, will meet at the negotiating table on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Monday teachers' strike, the Denver Post reports.

The big picture: The two sides are currently $8 million apart in a dispute over teacher compensation as teachers argue that the district's policy of offering bonuses to lure educators to underperforming schools harms their salaries generally. The strike would be the first in Denver in 25 years and comes amid a national wave of educator activism over the past year that most recently grabbed headlines with a strike in Los Angeles.

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Lawmakers demand answers from World Bank on Xinjiang loan

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U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers from the World Bank about its continued operation of a $50 million loan program in Xinjiang, following Axios reporting on the loans.

Why it matters: The Chinese government is currently waging a campaign of cultural and demographic genocide against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in northwest China. The lawmakers contend that the recipients of the loans may be complicit in that repression.

Obama: Americans could be "collateral damage" in Trump's war on mail-in voting

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Former President Barack Obama tweeted Friday that everyday Americans could become "collateral damage" if President Trump continues to attempt to slash funding for the U.S. Postal Service as part of his campaign against mail-in voting.

Why it matters: Trump linked his baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud on Thursday to the current impasse in coronavirus stimulus negotiations.

Elon Musk is channeling Henry Ford in auto manufacturing

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has spent more than a decade trying to disrupt the traditional auto industry, is sounding more and more like the man most closely associated with it: Henry Ford.

Why it matters: In his quest to build affordable electric cars for the masses, Musk is starting to embrace many of the ideas pioneered by Ford's founder — things like vertical supply chains and an obsession with manufacturing efficiency. A century ago that approach helped to popularize the American automobile by lowering the cost of the Model T.