Morning six-pack: What we're reading Friday

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Marissa Mayer

Happy Friday. One of our friends here at CNBC, Herb Greenberg, has left the building (if only for a little while), which adds to the necessity of the morning six-pack, to drown our sorrows:

The Obamcare drums are beating even more loudly. Republicans think shutting down the government went so well in the '90s that they want to try it again. Booyah!

We all know that in the nearsighted eyes of the law, the financial crisis had millions of victims but no perpetrators. To discern why, one might try reading the FBI's 2010 mortgage fraud report.

Yahoo is back and Marissa Mayer is hot. OK, so it might not be as easy as that. The company has ridden the rails of the stock market rally and probably still has a lot of work to do before it becomes, well, all that again. But everybody loves Mayer and thinks she's some kind of fashion plate or something. Here are 3,000 words to prove it.

Gold is dead, long live gold. Gold prices fell off a cliff back in April when Goldman Sachs went bearish, but its fortunes have changed since late June. Think you can tell the movement of the yellow metal just by watching interest rates? It's not as easy as you think.

On Thursday, we made the case that the influx of new jobs is coming with lower paychecks as well. Taking the more cynical view, one could call these jobs low-paying "non-tradable, domestic service third world" positions. But that would be just nasty.

And, finally ... One of the cool things about Dennis Gartman is he's not shy about practicing the long-forgotten art of the mea culpa. CNBC's Drew Sandholm relates how The Gartman Letter publisher confesses that his recent stock market observations have been (cue the Charles Barkley voice-over) "terrible."

_ By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him @JeffCoxCNBCcom on Twitter.