I generally am looking for a quick snippet to issue an http request using urllib2 lib.

Here is a quick snippet to do so

import urllib2
import json
from pprint import pprint

req = urllib2.Request(url)
opener = urllib2.build\_opener()
f = opener.open(req)

#data varibale recieves the parsed json
data = json.loads(f.read())

print len(data)
for r in data:
    print "-"*50

Hope this helps