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U.S. on track to cut annual budget deficit

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008.

The Treasury Department said Friday that its June surplus totaled $71 billion, following a $130 billion deficit in May. The government also ran a surplus in June 2013.

For the first nine months of this budget year, the deficit totals $366 billion, down 28 percent from the same period in 2013.

The Congressional Budget...

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