Most existing Python modules for sending HTTP requests are extremely verbose and cumbersome. Python's builtin urllib2 module provides most of the HTTP capabilities you should need, but the api is thoroughly broken. It requires an enormous amount of work (even method overrides) to perform the simplest of tasks.
Things shouldn't be this way. Not in Python.
>>> r = requests.get('https://api.github.com', auth=('user', 'pass'))
See the same code, without Requests.
Requests allow you to send HTTP/1.1 requests. You can add headers, form data, multipart files, and parameters with simple Python dictionaries, and access the response data in the same way. It's powered by httplib and urllib3, but it does all the hard work and crazy hacks for you.
International Domains and URLs
Keep-Alive & Connection Pooling
Sessions with Cookie Persistence
Browser-style SSL Verification
Elegant Key/Value Cookies
Unicode Response Bodies
Multipart File Uploads
HTTP(S) proxy support
To install Requests, simply:
$ pip install requests
Or, if you absolutely must:
$ easy_install requests
But, you really shouldn't do that.