Fact Check: Political claims

From campaign commercials to stump speeches to news conferences, political talk is rife with hyperbole. We endeavor to cut through the clutter to show where the truth gets stretched and who can back up their claims.

How do we make the call? Look for the stoplights on our revised fact checking scale.

A "green light" means, "Go ahead, run with it." Yellow light indicates reservations about important factual errors or missing context. If you see a red light, stop because our fact check found a serious error. And if you see blue lights in the rear view, somebody wasn't even trying to get it right – we're issuing them a moving violation.