What do you do?

Question: Beyond a simple title, how would you describe what you do for a living?

Philippe Cayla: In fact, I started my career as a … I was _____ an engineer … in the French school … Maybe you know this name, this acronym. And I've been ______ for 10 years in various ministries serving various ministers, the last one being Foreign Economic Affairs. And after that I joined the industry for 25 years and …for 15 years, excuse me. Fifteen years in the space industry with a company named Matra Space, which is now part of EADS, a group which is producing the airbus you certainly know. And also with … which is a European satellite operator competing with Pan Am South in … And in the year 2000, I came to … I came out to the television industry. I became International Director of France TV, which is a French national broadcaster. And in 2003, I was supposed to be Chairman of … . That's the story. But in Euro News, I would say only the Chairman and the CEO. I'm not … which are … which is very independent, and are very proud of what they're doing.  So I'm the guy in charge of finance, development, searching money, and assuring the betterment of everybody.

Philippe Cayla of EuroNews describes himself as an engineer who found his footing in the media.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
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  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

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Surprising Science
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