Barack and Michelle Replacing Clair and Cliff?

In today's link roundup: Authors of a new study seem to conclude that we get only one admirable black couple at a time. Plus: Pentagon to remove ban on women in combat. 

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (Joe Raedle/Getty Images News)

Barack and Michelle replacing Clair and Cliff? "The Obamas picked up where the Huxtables left off, except this is no act," according to a study in the scholarly journal Ethnicities in which 82 percent  of those surveyed said that the Obamas "can positively change the declining marriage rates among blacks." We're confused about the premise that we can have only one "visible example of black love and marriage in the USA" at a time, and a little skeptical of the idea that the first couple represents the first such example made up of nonactors. Aside from that, people feeling inspired by them can't be a bad thing, right?

Pentagon to remove ban on women in combat: Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced the decision on Thursday. Defense officials said the "watershed policy change" was informed by women's valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

LL Cool J to discuss childhood abuse with Oprah: Fifteen years after writing about a traumatic childhood experience in his autobiography, the rapper will open up about what happened to him.

Robin Roberts back on GMA set: The Good Morning America anchor did a "dry run" at the New York studio on Thursday morning, preparing for a full return after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

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