In today’s news: Experts now believe high levels of vaccine hesitancy will make it impossible to reach COVID-19 “herd immunity” through vaccinations. That means the virus—and whatever new variants arise as the virus continues to mutate—will now pose a public health threat indefinitely. And yes: Republicans did that. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gives an ultimatum to Biden. And an Ohio judge angrily explains to Columbus police that they’re not allowed to gas or violently attack nonviolent demonstrators.

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Here’s some of what you may have missed.

Experts say the promise of COVID-19 herd immunity has slipped out of reach

McConnell’s opening salvo on GOP negotiations with White House: It’s over

Number of unaccompanied kids in harmful border facilities has dropped nearly 90% since March

Ohio judge has to force Columbus police not to brutalize nonviolent protesters

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News Roundup: 'Herd immunity' slips out of reach; Republican ultimatums; judge reprimands police 1