Across our screens today:

  • Do the happiest places on earth tend to be heavily taxed? We might want to hope so if TaxVox is right in saying U.S. taxes will soar in coming years. Here’s why.
  • A study on “China’s Marriage Market and Upcoming Challenges for Elderly Men.”
  • China gobbles up Japanese bonds, buying a net 735.2 billion yen, or $8.3 billion, in May — doubling purchases this year and representing the biggest annual increase since 2005.
  • Does the U.S. have a defense-spending problem?
  • The state’s its own cruel landlord: State paying half a million dollars in annual rent for its own building.
  • Hawaii’s gas prices in June were still 27.4 percent higher than the national average — but at least down 8 cents from the average the month prior.

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