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—What better distraction than a psychological thriller? In Acorn TV’s “The Nest,” Dan and Emily are a happily married Glasgow couple longing for the parenthood that’s eluded them — and 18-year-old Kaya enters their lives. Is her offer to act as a surrogate in exchange for helping her get on the right path an answered prayer or something less benevolent? Martin Compston (“Line of Duty”), Sophie Rundle (“Bodyguard”) and Mirren Mack lead a cast that includes Shirley Henderson ( “Bridget Jones”). Two episodes are out on Acorn TV, with weekly episodes debuting Mondays through Aug. 3.

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His visit bore little resemblance to then-President George W. Bush's appearance at Game 3 of the World Series in New York in 2001, weeks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which served as a moment of national unity.

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During the darkest days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln would look south from the windows of the White House and distract himself from news from the battlefields by watching the Washington Nationals run the bases. The newly formed baseball team played on what is now the South Ellipse, then called the White Lot, enclosed with a whitewashed fence.

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