Mark Pilgrim’s excellent Universal Feed Parser is a great tool for parsing even ill-formed feeds. Universal Feed Parser is a Python module for downloading and parsing syndicated feeds. It also parses several popular extension modules, including Dublin Core and Apple’s iTunes extensions. To use Universal Feed Parser, you will need Python 2.1 or later. Universal Feed Parser is not meant to run standalone; it is a module for you to use as part of a larger Python program.
With this module you can Parsing a feed from a string, a local file or a remote URL: