Red tape and a massive summer vacation rush has pushed the feds to suspend their new passport rules -- for now. Effectively calling a truce in a turf war between the Departments of State and Homeland Security.
Long waiting lines and jammed phone lines overwhelmed Passport Offices where a backlog in issuing passports has meant waits of several months to get them. New rules required Americans traveling by air to anywhere in the Western Hemisphere to have a US passport to get back in the US.
You can now travel with proof of having applied for a passport -- available online -- but you'll have to go through some extra screening. (WaPo)