(NEWSER– Don't look now, but after years of congressional dogfights, the federal budget deficit is in pretty good shape. The deficit plummeted by more than a third in October, November, and December—the first three months of fiscal 2014—the Congressional Budget Office announced yesterday, Reuters reports. In fact, December actually saw the government run a $44 billion surplus, and while that was a one-time thing that, according to the LA Times"resulted from some special circumstances," it's still a good sign.

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